firthgal: (ksw - glasses)
I'm not quite sure why I'm making this list. I guess so that I don't forget that I've already watched something and start watching it again? (which I have already done several times now)

Drama - Country of Origin - Completed/Completed through Episode # - My Rating (out of 5 stars)

Taiwanese Dramas )

Japanese Dramas )

Korean Dramas )
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
Master's Sun and The Good Doctor are the only dramas that I've been able to get into so far this past year. I've finished a couple others, but it was kind of a chore at the end. But Master's Sun and Good Doctor were both excellent from start to finish. Master's Sun had me involved with the OTP in a way that hasn't been done in a long freaking time. They made this drama for me. But it also helped that the plot stayed entertaining. I never really tired of the ghost schtick, and the side players were pretty funny. So, excellent drama, by far my favorite thing that the Hong Sisters have ever written. And So Ji Sub totally won my heart. He should do more comedy. As for Good Doctor, it was just beautifully made all around. Joo Won was excellent with his portrayal of autism, and as the audience we were on his journey and felt his every feeling through and through. Wasn't big on the OTP in this one, but it didn't detract from the drama at all, so no real problem there.

And now I'm left with nothing to watch. I tried Heirs, but it's just so boring. I see potential in a few of the side characters, but the main couple is a freaking snooze fest. I like Lee Min Ho, I'm neutral towards Park Shin Hye, and they aren't lacking chemistry, just... it's one of those stories that have never appealed to me. The drama feels very old school, and I am just not a fan of the Winter Sonata type dramas.

Anyway, I recently rewatched King of Dramas, which reawakened my Kim Myung Min obsession and I am now rewatching every drama and movie of his that I have, which leads me to Beethoven Virus. Just finished watching it for the 7th or 8th time (possibly more), and it still gives me all kinds of emotions when I watch it. Like the scene where Kang Mae tramples all over the bouquet that he had sent to Ru Mi. I think I like to block this moment out of my memory because it’s such an asshole thing to do, so I’m always shocked every time I see it. He couldn’t just let her have that moment? He couldn’t be a good boyfriend for just that once? Just… augh, it frustrates me! And I hate how they only got about one scene where they get to be a cute couple and then the rest is him being awful and her not telling him things because she doesn’t want to lean on him and I’m just like, “Argh, Ru Mi, he’s the man you love. You’re in a relationship with him. You’re supposed to share your burdens with him. Avoiding him does not equal dating.” I mean, it’s hard to blame Kang Mae for being self-involved when she never lets him know what’s going on with her. But he’s also not the world’s greatest boyfriend, and they were adorable before they got together but then it was nothing but problems after that because she was just waiting for him to run away and he was just getting more scared the deeper he fell for her, and… AUGH, SO DAMN FRUSTRATING. And yet I love their love like crazy. BUT THEN HE LEAVES. And tells her to wait for him. And I just want to strangle him and tell Ru Mi to go fall in love with someone else while he’s off satisfying his ambitions. Hmph. But the ending kind of implies that he stays. But kind of not since the last shot is of him and Thoven walking off by themselves. IDK.

As for King of Dramas, this was my first time rewatching it as a whole (while it was airing I watched most of the eps 5 times or so, but never had a big series rewatch). I remember being so in love and swept up with this drama that I thought it was utter perfection, and… well… I can see its flaws now. I still think it’s one of the best dramas out there and very, very underrated, but now I can see where it dragged and how certain storylines were dropped without any explanation. But overall, it was still one kickass ride. I forgot how it made epic excitement out of the most mundane things (and used every drama trope in the book to great affect). And Si Won was so freaking hilarious. And Anthony was such a magnificently well done character. A lot of people said he was too much like Kang Mae, but after watching the dramas back to back, I can see how much more developed Anthony was as a character. He got to slowly change and become a better person by the end of the drama, whereas Kang Mae pretty much stays the same. He gives a little once he starts caring about the orchestra members, but by the end of the drama he’s still pretty much the same Kang Mae that he always was. Anthony, on the other hand, learns how to accept love and trust someone other than himself, and this in turn makes him better at what he does for a living. Anthony did despicable things with very little remorse, whereas Kang Mae just had a difficult personality. Anthony knew how to charm/seduce people, Kang Mae just didn’t give a damn.

IDK, I adore both characters, but I think I love Anthony just a little bit more. He feels more complete than Kang Mae, and quite a bit darker. Kang Mae liked to play at being this awful, indestructible figure, but was actually very sensitive and took everything to heart. His prickly personality was his way of keeping the world at bay so that he didn’t get hurt. Anthony, on the other hand, was a very jaded character without shame, able to do anything to achieve his goals. He didn’t actively push people away, he just… rubbed them the wrong way. But then he found Go Eun and he started trusting her and he became loyal and good and heroic and awesome. Oh, oh, interesting parallel between BV and KoD: they both have scenes where the female lead falls into a body of water, and neither Anthony nor Kang Mae know how to swim. Anthony jumps in to save his lady (but ends up being saved by her), Kang Mae gets someone else to save his lady.
firthgal: (comm - dean)
Monstar just made me bawl my eyes out. KYU DONG, DON'T YOU DARE! Look, the show has been foreshadowing his suicide from the first ep, but the tone of the show has been kept fairly light, so I didn't think that it would actually go there. I still don't, really. I'm going to hang onto the theory that NaNa is on the roof and catches him before he steps off. But... well... his death could impact so many characters a great deal. But then the show will go very dark and it will start feeling like a very special episode of Degrassi instead of a cute little k-drama, so I don't want it to go there. But at the same time I am curious to see how Kyu Dong's suicide would affect the other characters (namely, Do Nam and Jae Rok). Honestly, I don't think anything can change Jae Rok. He will always be a douche. But Do Nam would be heartbroken over never forgiving his best friend (and he'd feel responsible for his death, too). IDK, I am torn. I want Kyu Dong to live, but I also want the show to have the balls to actually have its most sympathetic character kill himself. There are consequences to everything you do, and his death would highlight this. But... but... I WANT KYU DONG TO LIVE AND BE HAPPY. IDK.
firthgal: (daniel betty - new beginning)
Can I just say that the latest crop of k-dramas have been fantastic? I went through months and months and months of nothing but sageuks and melodramas and there just wasn't anything catching my fancy, but damn, I'm loving the shows right now. I think I was loving You're the Best, Lee Soon Shin so much purely because there was nothing else to latch onto. Now that I've got some quality romances, I can't seem to enjoy YTBLSS anymore.

Anyway, I Can Hear Your Voice. Fantastic drama all around, but I just wasn't feeling the main love story with this one. At all. I just could not ship Soo Ha/Hye Sung even if my life depended on it. She saw him as a useful tool and then later as a little brother, but I just never got any romantic vibes from her in regards to Soo Ha. Lawyer Cha, on the other hand, was super adorable and he made her heart flutter and they were the cutest thing ever and he just made it even harder for me to root for Soo Ha. I just... I can't find a high school boy sexy. It just doesn't happen. But then... but then episode 8 happened. I wanted to strangle Lawyer Cha and found myself shouting, "Just kiss her already!" at Soo Ha, and then the ending happened, and... I think I'm maybe on that train now? A little bit? Like, I still enjoy her scenes with Lawyer Cha way more, but Cha lost all kinds of points when he believed Min Gook instead of Hye Sung. But then, that's who he is and no one ever really expected differently, did they? His belief in his clients, his unfailing perseverance for the well-being of his clients, that's what we (and Hye Sung) originally fell in love with him for. But goddammit, why is he so damn naive? AUUUUUUUGH, LAWYER CHA! I WAS ON YOUR SIDE! WHYYYYYYYYYY? I get his struggle, I get that he thinks he's doing what's best for Hye Sung, but he just doesn't get it. He wants to see the best in people so hard that he's so freaking blind to reality. But then he said that line, "Why do I feel like a knight that's protecting a very bad king?" So, he must feel like Min Gook is guilty in the back of his mind, but at the same time he has to do his job to the best of his ability. And just... AUUUUUGH. I am so torn, because like I said, what's tearing him away from Hye Sung is what made me (and her) adore him in the first place. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. But I see now that it was all a ploy from the writer to get the very few naysayers like me on Soo Ha's side. Hmph.

I am also enjoying Cyrano Dating Agency a great deal. In fact, I think this one is my favorite of the currently airing batch, but it's quite fluffy so there's not much to say about it. Just that it's super adorable and everything I have been wanting in a rom-com. I love how they even make me care deeply about the cases of the week. All the cameos are a plus, too. But yeah, the main romance hits all of my shipping buttons (age gap, mentor/mentee, jadedness vs romanticism, bickering, jealousy, repression, etc). I LOVE IT.

Monstar is also fantastic. It's a unique take on the high school/musical drama. I love how each of the side characters get an episode that really zones in on them and makes them three-dimensional right alongside the three main characters. Not only that, but it's like each episode is revealing just a tiny piece of this puzzle that is the overall plot and that's basically what keeps it interesting. I was very much into the love story until Seol Chan got all aggressive in last week's ep. I mean, he didn't actually kiss her, but roughly pushing a girl against a wall of rocks and pinning her while you almost give her a kiss... that's not okay. It just rubbed me the wrong way, especially since everything about his crush on her prior to that was so innocent and hilarious and so very endearing. So, I was not fond of that. But everything else about the drama I have loved to pieces. To be honest, I think I'd love the drama even more if the story actually was about Seol Chan and Sun Woo and their mistakenly one-sided love for each other (oh, Se Yi, you brilliant, naive fool, you!). Speaking of Se Yi, I enjoy her, but HOW does she not realize that the boys are fighting over her and not each other? *huff* But anyway, Se Yi is one of those characters whose naivete could come off as pure stupidity (like the girl in What's Up, for example. Jesus did that girl annoy me), but IDK if the writing for this character is just spot-on or if the actress just understands the quirks of this type of character more than others. I think it helps that her character has this very deep pain in her heart that kind of keeps her grounded.

I don't even want to talk about Lee Soon Shin, because it's just aggravating me at this point. I miss when the show was about Soon Shin and Joon Ho being stupidly adorable together and not about Soon Shin's crappy mothers. Neither of the mothers are a prize at this point. I haven't even watched the last 4 eps yet. Don't know if I ever will, which saddens me because I did genuinely love this show like crazy not too long ago.
firthgal: (comm - pierce)
Well, The Mindy Project has forced me to do what no other show was able to do. I've joined that mess that is called Tumblr. WHY IS IT SO POPULAR? UGH. But there is NOTHING about The Mindy Project on good old LiveJournal, and the fandom for pretty much every show ever has migrated over there, so I guess it was time. But... but... you can't converse! The tags are used for ridiculous commentary instead of organization! WTF is with that? So stupid. You can write something and maybe people will read it and maybe they won't and it's not at all like LiveJournal and AUUUUUUUUGH I HATE CHANGE. I HATE IT SO MUCH. I can't even really figure out how to navigate the damn thing. Is there a way to just have a tag on your dash instead of a person? Or can you only follow people? Pfft, I haven't even figured out how to follow people yet. Or how to get to my dash from the computer. The mobile version is much easier to use, but I'm not sure what all the symbols mean yet. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. But maybe now I can find more stuff about Korean dramas and kpop and what have you. But mostly I just wanted to find other people who were freaking over The Mindy Project finale. MINDY/DANNY, HOLY CRAP. I was holding my breath and flailing through that entire scene, and then it shattered my heart. AUUUUUUUUGH, DAMN YOU, SHOW. It broke me but at the same time I think it was handled brilliantly.

New Girl, on the other hand, has kind of disappointed me this season. I was enjoying the slow burn of Nick/Jess, but then they slept together and things got weird and it's just not as fun as it used to be. I mean, I admire the show for not hitting the reset button like most shows do, but it's like the fun was sucked out of their relationship because they're so focused on being perfect for each other instead of just being their goofy selves. IDK, maybe now that they've both affirmed that they want to be together they can relax and the group dynamics can go back to normal.

I've already gushed over The Office finale here.

Community. Oh, Community. IDEK with you anymore. Upon first watch, I wasn't all that fond of the finale, but once I figured out it was all in Jeff's head and not Abed's, it all made sense and it actually held quite a lot of meaning, especially on the Jeff/Annie front. He thinks about her. A lot. He wants her, but he still sees her as something that he could corrupt, which is why Good Jeff can't act on his feelings while Evil Jeff can. The second Annie gets angry at him he has to chase after her and hug it out and he looks so freaking blissful with her in his arms (as does Evil Jeff when he lifts Evil Annie up into a kiss). "Nobody sleeps with Jeff! Not even me." Hilarious yet interesting line from Annie. Good Britta sticking up for Evil Britta was the greatest, probably my favorite moment in the episode. Drunk Shirley was hilarious. Troy vs Troy was adorable (poor Evil Troy, failing so hard at being intimidating that even Good Troy rolled his eyes at him). And the ending speech was lovely, even if it was being cruel with the closeups on Annie during certain moments in the speech. DAMN IT, SHOW. STOP DOING THAT TO ME. He didn't mean it like that! He was talking to the whole group! But, yeah, this episode kind of proved that Annie is very prominent in his thoughts, but it's the group as a whole that truly owns his heart.

I can't even remember the Parks and Rec finale. I think my attachment to that show is long gone. I still enjoy it, but it just doesn't grab me the way it used to.

I miss Go On. A lot. That was the one new show that I thought was a shoe-in for renewal. I guess Matthew Perry + the large ensemble was too costly. But damn was that a good show, and definitely one that they could have eventually built their new comedy block around. Ugh, so much resentment, NBC. So much resentment. At this point I would gladly give up another season of Community for another season of Go On. MR. K, WHAT IS MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU? *cries for an eternity*

On the Asian drama front, I'm still following You're the Best Lee Soon Shin and it is still my favorite. I missed a few eps of When a Man Loves and just dropped it, and that's pretty much happening with Gu Family Book, too. IDK what my problem is lately. I think I just miss romcoms, and Lee Soon Shin is the only one fitting that bill at the moment. Unfortunately, the romcom part of it is only given to us in small doses since it's a family drama, but luckily the drama is so damn good that I'm enjoying almost everything about it. But... yeah, I wish there was more Soon Shin/Jun Ho.

Also, I recently inhaled the Chinese drama Sunny Happiness and adored the crap out of it. Oh did the leading man make me swoon, good god was he gorgeous.
firthgal: (daniel betty - new beginning)
So, it's been a good long while since any k-dramas have grabbed me, mostly because all there has been lately are melodramas, but finally, finally a new crop of dramas started, and I'm really enjoying them.

You're the Best, Lee Soon Shin - I have been following this one week to week since it started, and I love it so, so much. It's just so charming. There's nothing really stand-out about it, and it's a weekend drama so the story is taking forever to get started, but I love the characters so much that I don't seem to care. I mean, I do tend to fast forward to the main love story, but I get wrapped up in the family drama, too. But, yeah, my heart belongs to IU and Jo Jung Seok. They are just too damn adorable. Both of them. The hero is just the right amount of quirky and arrogant and total dork. JJS plays him so perfectly. And IU is just killing it as Soon Shin. I know she's an idol actor, but damn, she's just as good as all the other up and coming actresses right now. Anyway, this drama is just pure fun to watch and I can actually see myself sticking with this one till the end if it remains this entertaining (and that's 50 episodes. I've never followed a drama with that many eps, so, we'll see. But so far I don't want this drama to end).

Gu Family Book - SO FREAKING GOOD, OMG. So beautiful, so well-plotted, so well-acted, just... I LOVE IT. Granted, these first two eps were simply the origin story of the next generation, so from here on out it'll be a different drama, so who knows if I'll still love it as much. I think I will, though, especially if it goes in a romcom direction. But I can also see it going the way of Arang and the Magistrate, where I really loved it at first but then quickly lost interest. We'll see, we'll see, but so far, out of the new crop of dramas, this one has the most potential to be breathtakingly awesome.

All About my Romance - this is the one I was most looking forward to, because it has fairly big name actors and it comes from the writers of Protect the Boss, which was very nearly my favorite k-drama of all time (it went bad near the end, sadly, which kind of ruined it, but I seriously loved the rest of that drama). All I've watched is the first episode, and I was pretty meh about it. Nothing really grabbed me, and to be honest, I fell asleep halfway through. Went back to it the next day and finished the ep, and it did get good once the leads got to interact (which was in the last minute or so), so hopefully the show will get better as it progresses. The problem right now is that I have no motivation to watch more episodes. I think starting out with only one episode really hurt it. I just wasn't given enough to sustain my interest.

When a Man Loves - I had zero interest in this at first, and I think I only watched it because I am desperately hoping for a new k-drama to latch onto, and it looked super cheesy and totally the opposite of the kind of k-dramas that I usually like, but... I enjoyed it? It's not as melo or makjang as I assumed it would be, and actually it's kind of light-hearted at this point. I mean, the hero almost died in the first episode and the heroine's life was torn apart, but the hero was basically reborn and he stayed faithfully in love with the heroine for SEVEN YEARS without her ever knowing (or even thinking about him, really) and when they meet again he is so clumsy in the way he tries to woo her and it's adorable and she's all offended because he used to be the gangster that beat her father up and now all of a sudden he's in love with her and trying his darnedest to make her life better and she just doesn't understand how he can see their relationship so utterly different from how she sees it, and OMG, I LOVE THEM. I LOVE THEM, OKAY? But they are DOOMED and there are all kinds of outside forces coming between them (in addition to their own clashing of personalities) and... guh, I love them. I don't care that it's mostly because Song Seung Hun is so gorgeous. I can be shallow like that. But, I am even enjoying the side characters, like Jang Hee and his little brother (who becomes the "other" man, and the third ep does a good job of making me root for him, too), and the ex-girlfriend of the dead boss who is madly in love with Tae Sang (Song Seung Hun). Normally this kind of character bugs the crap out of me, especially in melodramas where they tend to be so utterly insane and evil that you just want to strangle them, but in this drama you actually kind of feel for her. Like, not enough to root for her, because she is still cruel, but she's cruel because she's hurting and she's lonely, and the only man that claims he loves her basically wants to kill her so that no one else can have her (seriously, this dude is beyond insane, and she keeps playing him like a fiddle, and it's hilarious and awesome but you know that it won't end well for her). I fear that the drama will make Tae Sang marry her just to save her from Evil Dude, and then Seo Mi will figure out that she loves him right at this point, and they will have this forbidden, angst-ridden love for each other that will probably end with one of them dying. Most likely Tae Sang. Or maybe the Ex-Girlfriend of Dead Boss ends up getting killed by Evil Dude, and it's really tragic and Tae Sang avenges her and then he and Seo Mi are free to have a happy ending. IDK. I'm just shocked that this is the drama that is like crack to me right now.

Did I ever mention that I've been following the Taiwanese drama Substitute Princess? IDK, but I've been following it pretty much since it started airing. I still don't know why I'm so addicted to it, because NOTHING EVER HAPPENS. Like, it's 13 episodes in and I still don't know which romance is supposed to be the OTP. I have never watched an Asian drama and not known who the intended couple is. Maybe that's why I'm still watching. Convention says that she'll end up with the rich dude, but her love for Guan Jun ga is so endearing and steadfast and I love Guan Jun ga with all my heart and I want so badly for him to get the girl, but he never appreciated her while he had her, and since he is a part of her family he can still be in her life without her ending up with him, so I feel like the odds are not in his favor. But I can't root for rich dude because I will always see his love for Da Hua as a substitute for his love for Liang Yan. You can't fall for the girl who looks exactly like your dead fiance and say it's totally because of her personality. Just, no. Never going to convince me with them. He just looks lonely and he's latching onto Da Hua because she's there and looks like the woman that he thought he'd be spending the rest of his life with. Guan Jun/Da Hua all the way for me. Sadly, it looks like most people are rooting for the rich guy, but like I said, I just can't with them. No sir. Liang Yan will always be between them.


Jan. 26th, 2013 12:13 pm
firthgal: (christoph)
I did nothing yesterday except watch Korean dramas and read Christoph Waltz porn all night. OMG, I LOVE THE PORN BATTLE. Do you know how devastated I was when there wasn't a summer one? But OMG, it was so worth the wait. Though I do feel weird for so thoroughly enjoying the Django/Broomhilda/Schultz fics. I mean, I didn't ship Schultz with either of them while watching the film, and I still don't ship him with them in a sexy way (I kept giggling during the sex scenes in the fics), but ooooooooh how happy they could have been together! Schultz could have been the lovable, goofy uncle that always had an awesome story to tell while Django and Broomhilda were the kickass parents with the most epic love for each other and their family, and just... *sniff* And yeah, naturally Schultz would get lonely being around Django and Broomhilda, but that's when he can meet me, see, and we fall in mad love and have a bunch of babies together and our families live together in happiness forever. I am not usually a fan of self-insert fics, but apparently when it comes to King Schultz, I so am. My two favorites from the battle:

California by transmacabre (angsty and guuuuuuuh and I feel like they could have been this way for real, only, you know, without the Django/Schultz/Broomhilda kissy times, although this fic came very close to making me believe in that aspect of their relationship, too)

Dead or Alive by malkontent (Schultz/OFC, the Schultz dialog in this is flawless. I wish the author would write a full-length Schultz prequel to the film, OMG).

I am kind of shocked at the lack of Candie/Django fics. I was basically shouting, "Just make-out already!" in my head every time they had a scene together, but I guess people are too afraid to broach that in fic (way too offensive, but, you know, Django would be the dominate one, always). Or even Candie/Schultz fic, since Candie's final confrontation in the film was with Schultz. Or Django/Broomhilda, because their love truly was epic. IDK, but I love the fact that most Django fic is all about Schultz.

Also, there are two Hans Landa/Bridgette Von Hammersmark fics that are SO FREAKING GOOD, OMG. I died. They killed me with their dirtybadwrong sexiness.

Play Dead by lion_heart (Bridgette getting sweet, sweet revenge)

Lying Eyes by lion_heart (Hans is scary sexy. Literally).

On the Korean drama front, I checked out Level 7 Civil Servant and I am quite enjoying it. I mean, I wouldn't call it good considering there are many bits that I ended up fast forwarding through, but the bickering chemistry between the main couple is enough to keep me coming back for more. They are just so damn entertaining together, I can't get enough of them. But when they aren't together, the flaws of the show are too much to take. The parents of both of them are annoying and need to go, the female lead's over-the-top Candy characterization doesn't work for her in the least, the supporting characters aren't very interesting at this point (the parents, the teacher, the bad guys), and the damn show takes way too long to set up a premise that we knew from the beginning. It should have gotten to the bickering hijinks a lot sooner. On the upside, I am digging the spy school stuff, and I am loving Gil Ro's rival (I forget his name, but the dude that got shot by the little girl). And as I said, the two leads are highly entertaining together, so I quite love them (except, you know, when they're apart. Gil Ro is okay on his own, but not very interesting. The girl is annoying/kind of weak on her own, but awesome and strong and witty when she's with Gil Ro). There's a scene in the preview for next week where Gil Ro is yelling at her and says, "Why do you let yourself get treated that way?" and I really have to agree with him. She doesn't let him get away with treating her badly, and yet she's letting the other recruits walk all over her. Grow a spine, damn it! It's just frustrating that she sometimes has one and sometimes doesn't. A lot of people are complaining that Joo Won is too over the top, but I actually think he's done exceptionally well with the material he's been given. In fact, I am enjoying him much more here than I did with Gaksital.

I am still very much enjoying Flower Boy Next Door. I am so, so happy that we are finally getting some decent rom-coms again.
firthgal: (betty armando - car)
So, for some odd reason, a few weeks ago when I was sick and off for a few days, I decided that I wanted to watch an epic historical romance drama, and Bu Bu Jing Xin caught my eye (I just finished it yesterday). I was skeptical, because it had way more episodes than I am used to, and I had never watched a C-drama before (and the ones I've watched clips of in the past were super cheesy and kind of shoddy looking). And while BBJX started off super cheesy, it was also super pretty and it really drew me in. I'm not even sure why seeing as how Ruoxi annoyed the crap out of me, but the princes, ooooh the princes!

I fell so, so hard for 8th prince. SO HARD. He ended up being such a tragic character, and he was one of those highly ambitious characters with a good heart that I am so damn fond of. His ambition alienated everyone around him and ended up killing him, basically, and I eat that shit up. But oh, the poor guy. His father despised him (nothing was ever good enough for Daddy), his brothers ostracized him as a child because his mother wasn't of noble birth, the woman he was madly in love with resented the crap out of him for indirectly killing the man she was madly in love with, the woman who had reciprocated his love made him choose between her and the throne (and she concluded that she just didn't love him enough to support his fruitless endeavor), and the one person who actually did love and support him through everything ended up killing herself right when he started to appreciate her. And no matter how much he resented Ruoxi for not understanding him and falling in love with Fourth instead, no matter how much his life fell apart because of her, he couldn't stop himself from protecting her every step of the way. EVERYTHING was taken from him but he still cared about Ruoxi's happiness. OH, EIGHTH! Also, when Ruoxi and Eighth were in love, they were so damn happy and adorable and sensual and beautiful, and when they broke up it freaking killed me. And, okay, I understand that Ruoxi did what she did because she didn't love him enough to go down with a sinking ship and she couldn't deal with the inevitable pain, but... I just never understood what she saw in Fourth. Especially since Eighth had made her so happy (she was always such a downer when she was with Fourth). And even through her entire story with Fourth, nothing touched me so much as her final farewell with Eighth. Maybe it's because I had been waiting SO LONG for that closure, for them to acknowledge that they once loved each other and still do, and OMG, it got me. And Eighth just understood. He finally understood and he was at peace with their relationship and he was able to let go of her for good.

Now, Fourth and Ruoxi failed to grab me. I think the scene where he forced a kiss on her turned me off of him in a way where he just couldn't be redeemed. That scene was so random, especially since he had been harmless and cutely awkward around her prior to that. I was fully on board with them up to that point, but then he ruined it all, especially since the show used it as the moment that he got under her skin (she kept flashing back to it whenever she got romantic with Eighth). Ick. Just... ick. It prevented me from enjoying the moments that I otherwise would have, like the constant gift-giving and her sending them all back, his laugh after she said she'd never marry, her treasuring the hair clip, I couldn't enjoy any of it! And when she did finally acquiesce, it didn't feel like it was for love, it felt like she chose him purely because he was the safest option she had. Later we see that she understands him and he understands her in a way that never happened with Eighth, and that's why their love is supposed to work, but... oy vey, I just never felt the love between them. The show told me repeatedly that they were in love, but it never really showed me. The closest it came was the umbrella scene, I think. That scene at least made me accept their romance. But the romance itself just never seemed as epic as the show made it out to be. Bleh. Is it weird that I felt more from Nine and Yutan than I ever did from Fourth and Ruoxi? They only had like thirty seconds of screentime together, and I despised Nine. IDK.

Anyway, my insane love for Eighth is tempting me into watching Palace (which is new on Dramafever). Is it worth it? Has anyone watched it? Is Eighth just as wonderful on Palace as he is in BBJX? Does he get the girl in this one? Does he at least get a sliver of happiness in Palace?

Oh, also, as for k-dramas, I am in mad, deep love with Flower Boy Next Door. SO DAMN GOOD. And naturally I am in love with the older neighbor that has an unrequited crush on her. And I find that I relate to the main character all too well and that freaking scares me. It's mainly her voiceovers where she talks about all the things she should have done but didn't, all the things she wishes she was but isn't, the harsh realizations that she needs to change but can't bring herself to, her fear of letting life in. Damn it, show, stop making me self reflect!
firthgal: (alan denny - arm in arm)

Thank you for being the awesomest drama of my life. You never once disappointed me, and I will love you forever. Thanks for giving me an ending that made me swoon, laugh, cry my eyes out, and then laugh and swoon all over again. Thank you for giving me such delightful characters. Thank you for giving me Kim Myung Min at his best. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE GREATEST!

With much love,

firthgal: (kmm - kang mae)
I am basically just modifying the 30 day k-drama meme and some year end memes to suit my needs, because if I was to talk about every drama of 2012, it would take too damn long. And, really, there were only a select few that I actually stuck with all the way through. It seems that I was super picky and quite fickle this year. I'd start out loving a drama and then promptly drop it a few episodes later. So, let's see how this meme turns out:

The dramas that you stuck with for better or for worse until the finale did you part

Dream High 2
I Do, I Do
King of Dramas
Take Care of Us, Captain
Rooftop Prince
Answer Me, 1997
The 3rd Hospital/The Third Ward
What's Up
Can Love Become Money

Dramas that you never quite finished

Wild Romance
The Moon that Embraces the Sun
The King 2 Hearts
Arang and the Magistrate
History of the Salaryman
Full House Take 2
Shut Up, Flower Boy Band
Padam Padam
Fermentation Family
Color of Woman
Operation Proposal

Your Favorite Kdrama of 2012

King of Dramas, hands down. It hasn't finished yet, but I think it's pretty safe to say that nothing will beat my love for this one unless Anthony happens to randomly die in the end (I'm looking at you, Sign. And considering this drama is by the same writer, nothing's impossible). Anyway, this drama had the best acting of any other drama I watched in 2012, and while the writing isn't exactly flawless, it's damn good. They've managed to take some pretty boring subject matter and turn it into high stakes drama. It's just as if not more exciting than all of the action dramas that I've watched in the past, and the main characters are so beautifully fleshed out and complex and they actually get to grow as people, and I basically love everything about this drama.

Your Favorite Male Lead Character

Anthony Kim from King of Dramas, no contest. First, he's played by Kim Myung Min, so of course he's going to be awesome, and KMM has this way of adding layers to a character that aren't necessarily there in the writing, but the writing in this drama is so great that it's worthy of KMM's devotion to the character. It's all in the details with Anthony. He's seemingly cold and heartless and devoid of morals in the beginning, but you can always see his vulnerabilities. It's mostly KMM's performance there, because by all means I should have hated him in the first couple eps, but you can see hints of this hidden desperateness in him that makes him do the things that he does, and the scene in the first ep where he goes to the funeral of the motorcycle guy that died and is clearly brooding over the man's death showed that he does have plenty of humanity hidden behind his heartless facade. He does what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals, and if that means ruining somebody else, well... he'll do it without blinking. But he's perfectly aware of how horrible he is, and he doesn't really blame anybody but himself for his downfall, even after he learns that it was Oh Jin Wan who was responsible for it. He's aware that he's horrible, but he also believes that he has to be that way in order to survive, in order to not be trampled on, in order to be something in this dirty, despicable world. But then he meets Lee Go Eun and her presence in his life slowly changes his outlook on pretty much everything. He starts to learn that the world isn't so dirty and despicable when he's surrounded by people who are truly on his side and genuinely care about him. He starts to get back to the man that he was before he became Anthony, and it's just a really beautiful thing to watch.

I also want to mention Yoo Bang from History of a Salaryman. While nowhere near as complicated as Anthony, he was definitely just as hilarious, and I loved how even though he was a bumbling hero, he was also pretty intelligent and always managed to succeed.

Your Favorite Female Lead Character

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firthgal: (true blood - bill sookie)
Please stop eating my brain! Or, you know, don't. But stop it with these epic fake-outs, would you? WOULD YOU?

Ep 11 had fake-outs galore, so I should have known that the cliff-hanger would end up being a fake-out, but then you give us this in ep 12? OMG, DYING RIGHT NOW. Do you see how he backs her up into the wall and just goes for it? Did you hear that deep, sexy voice when he said that this is how he's thinking about her? DO YOU SEE THAT INTENSE STARE? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, DAMN IT, SHOW! I hope that their actual, real life kiss is that full of sexual tension. Though I suspect that their actual kiss will be soft and meaningful and all that jazz, which is good, but dayumn. I love that Anthony is a total sexbomb in Go Eun's imagination. And Go Eun being all fluttery over him after the dream was hilarious, especially when Anthony ruined it by being his usual arrogant, blunt self. Go Eun's face was priceless.

When he walks in and rattles off about the ratings:

She is practically drooling right along with me. And then after he concludes that she's never had a boyfriend before because no man can put up with her temper:

HEEEEEEEE, how quickly the crush dissipates. I ♥ them.
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)


I nearly died when he suddenly grabbed her by her scarf and said "What do you think of me? What do you think of me as a man?" EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Of course, knowing this drama, it'll be undercut by Anthony passing out before anything happens (including a reply from Go Eun) or else one of them will say something that ruins the moment, but OMGOMGOMG!!!!! I can't believe how invested I am in these two. Well, actually, I can seeing as how the drama is keeping this as one of those slow-burning, subtle, subtexty romances that I am such a sucker for. Foes to begrudging work partners to genuine friends to can't live without each other to totally secretly in love with each other to thinly veiled confessions to frustrating obliviousness to ridiculously hot awkwardness. I LOVE THEM. SO DAMN MUCH. And the plot is still exciting and the supporting characters are still lovable. My only real complaint is that the drama should have left behind everything with Empire after Anthony defeated them for the umpteenth time during the whole Kenji incident. Just get over it, Empire dudes! Anthony is better than you in every way! Just leave him alone! Seriously, the conflict within the making of the drama is enough to carry KoD, along with the love story. Let the repetitive machinations of Empire die and focus on the people that we actually care about. Ep 11 had minimal Empire stuff, thank goodness, which is why I think I so thoroughly enjoyed it (well, that and the fact that this ep really upped the tension between Anthony and Go Eun).

That being said, the show still manages to make all the conflicts exciting even when we know that Anthony will always triumph. I guess because he is put into these impossible situations and it's just impressive to watch him find his way out of them. And with each experience he grows just a little bit, just enough for him to open his heart a little more each time to Go Eun and his team.

I am also loving Si Won in this. I never expected to love him so much in anything, let alone a drama where he is acting next to absolute pros. But he is totally stealing pretty much every scene he's in, and I will never cease to be amazed at his charm as Hyun Min. Hyun Min is such a harmless goofball that you can't help but love him. The scene where he's making faces at Min Ah to throw her off during the filming of Kyeongseong Morning, OMG!!!! I love it. Especially his satisfaction at her being reprimanded. I love that he ruffles her feathers and brings her back down to reality. He's a big kid, and Min Ah is like a child who tries to act like an adult, and just... I'm pretty sure I ship them. They are like a childish version of Go Eun and Anthony. I feel like Hyun Min can bring out Min Ah's more human side and Min Ah can help him mature a little bit. I doubt that the drama will go there, though, because it's pretty set on Hyun Min forever being shallow (and you know what? That totally works for him).

I don't care, as long as my Anthony and Go Eun get together. I was squealing during the scene where Anthony makes her act out the scene with him where he wants her to insert a kiss. OMG, THE TENSION! THE TENSION!!!! And Anthony was totally into it, too. Gaaaaaaaah, I love them. I was kind of on the fence about the extension, mainly because I fear that it will extend the focus on the Empire nonsense and therefore hurt the momentum of the plot, but if it gives us more Anthony and Go Eun scenes in the same vein as today's ep, then I 100% want an extension. I just won't be ready to leave these characters behind after only 16 episodes.
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
First off: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony is totally a goner. He can hide it all he wants, but he is so secretly enamored with Go Eun. There isn't even a question about it at this point. And Go Eun's playful smiles towards him definitely showed that Go Eun feels a new sort of camaraderie with him, and she can see past his gruff exterior to that soft heart of his, and she feels special for being able to see it. It'll be interesting to see her reaction to the "other woman" now that she feels a little closer to Anthony. I don't think she's into him just yet, but I think she's on the precipice of being interested in him. What with his intellect and melancholy past... He is so her type.


ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Somebody just had to get hit by a car, didn't they? DIDN'T THEY? Augh, I swear, of all the drama tropes to take seriously... WHY was she standing in the middle of the road talking on the phone? Why was a car speeding around the corner when there was a cop car right there? WHAT THE FREAKING HELL? ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!! Based on the preview it looks like it's leading up to a play on the amnesia trope, so I actually am looking forward to that (I have a sneaking suspicion that Go Eun is just messing with him in the preview).
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
Okay, I just have to express my love for ep 5 of King of Dramas. Just... EPIC. EPIC EPICNESS. I love this show so damn much. Satire is my thing, especially when it uses the tropes that it's making fun of in such a flawless way that it just blends into the story itself. It's not a set of one-off gags, every parody is essential to the plot and characters and keeps the story moving forward. The political machinations of Anthony were just plain scary, and very much like that of a saeguk. The evil smirks from Anthony, the extreme close-ups of the villain and his crazy angry face, the epic music, the shot of Anthony on his knees through the little window on the office door, the scene where Anthony triumphs over the new station director (a scene that made me realize how anti-hero Anthony really is. In any other drama, he would be the relentless villain trampling all over the noble hero. But you know what? I'm still rooting for him. You just can't help but want him to succeed because he wants it SO BADLY).

And then there are the scenes between our two leads. Just when you think that Anthony and Go Eun are going to have a classic rom-com moment, the romance is completely taken out of the scene. When it looks like the male lead is going to rescue his drowning damsel in distress, he ends up drowning instead. When it looks like he's going to turn to goo at the sight of Go Eun sleeping, she chokes on her snore and he rolls his eyes. That being said, I am still seeing subtext in their interaction, especially since he lied about the reason why he rushed back to her to rehire her. And the fact that he denied trying to save her when she fell into the water. For some reason he is determined to hide his humanity from her, but it's clear that he simply likes having her around. He likes having someone as invested in the drama as he is. Unfortunately, they are invested for very opposite reasons and they fight the second they start working together again and I just want to strangle them both. Just... compromise a little, you two, you hear me? Anthony did go overboard with the script changes, but he wasn't entirely wrong. Go Eun needs to budge a little bit, because, well, it is a business. If a drama doesn't make money, it's considered a failure no matter how good the script was. She doesn't have to change it as much as Anthony wants her to, but she should at least listen to him and try to make it work for both of them (she didn't have any trouble writing in a product placement in the first ep when it wasn't her own script).

Anyway, much of this episode had my stomach twisting and turning, especially that very end scene. Oh man, the intensity! DON'T SIGN IT, GO EUN! Not that Anthony is any better as an alternative to Oh Jin Wan, but at least now he realizes that Go Eun isn't expendable to him. And, quite frankly, now that he knows she means business, she can probably get Anthony to agree to not change the genre of her script.

Basically, I love that this episode solidified Anthony's attachment to Go Eun. It wasn't obvious about it, because I don't think even Anthony understands why he wants to keep her on board, but at least now we know that he genuinely wants her there for more than just serving a purpose. He could have found a different writer who would follow his vision, but he wanted Go Eun, who does nothing but fight with him over every little detail and makes the job of creating a money-making script a whole lot harder for him. I loved his face when she walked out the door after he introduced her to the script supervisor. He honestly didn't know what he did wrong there and his confusion just makes the very last scene all the more gut twisty. Like, with everything that he's done to her, he just didn't expect this minor (to him) thing to make her jump ship. And OMG, I NEED THE NEXT EPISODE NOW. NOOOOOOOOW.
firthgal: (kmm - kang mae)
So, I'm obsessed with King of Dramas. Like, watching the second episode 5 times already kind of obsessed (and three of those times were before the subs were finished). Just... I love it. I love Kim Myung Min. I love Jung Ryeo Won. I love the script, the editing, the direction, everything. But mostly I love Kim Myung Min, which of course has set me off on reliving my KMM obsession.

Right now I am in the middle of rewatching Bad Family, and OMG I forgot how wonderful that drama was. And, you know, as brilliant as KMM was in Beethoven Virus and White Tower, he was just so perfectly cast in Bad Family. Like, for once people can't criticize his looks because his looks fit the character magnificently, and it proved that he could be a wonderful romantic lead. He is just so dang adorable in this. A big, lovable lug (he so rarely plays characters that I can say that about!). I mean, look at him here:

The turmoil on his face! The RAGE mixed with confusion and relief and love and WANTING TO KILL HIS EX HYUNG-NIM. He's fighting between what he is and what he wants to be and it's all right there in those beautiful eyes of his. I couldn't help but dreamy sigh at this scene. HE'S JUST SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL, I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS. Luckily Kim Myung Min is so dang good that people end up loving him for his charm if not his looks. BUT HE REALLY IS BEAUTIFUL.

Also I will forever identify with the second female lead (Bu Kyung) who so innocently and hilariously chases after him. Her awkward undying devotion to him despite his gruff/uncouth demeanor is adorable. I love the scene where she first sees him in Sokcho and runs up to him and slaps his chest several times and then engulfs him in this big hug and Dal Gun just has this "WTF?" face on the whole time. She is just so genuine and truly believes that they are carrying on this epic romance and Dal Gun is just continuously baffled by her. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. And if he had met her before he met Young Ah, I think she could have nabbed him. She probably would have dragged him to the alter without him ever figuring out what was going on. *sigh* My heart will forever break for her. I wish more dramas had second female leads like Bu Kyung, where she is super lovable and her scenes with the male lead are highly entertaining without ever taking anything away from the OTP. I root for Bu Kyung, but at the same time I love that Dal Gun will forever be devoted to Young Ah, and his scenes with Bu Kyung emphasize this. Unrequited love can be innocent and fun, k-drama land. No need to make the spurned half jealous and petty and conniving every freaking time.

Anyway, I love Bad Family. I adore all the characters and pretty much every episode makes me cry because it always manages to touch my heart. This was definitely one of Kim Myung Min's greatest dramas, but sadly it gets no attention. I can see why, though. This one was an ensemble piece, whereas his other dramas are all about him and his awesome acting skills. But seriously, he was awesome in this one, too, and it's one of the rare instances where he gets to play a genuinely nice guy who isn't really talented at anything and is not all that intelligent (he's not dumb by any means, but it takes him awhile to pick up on what's going on/what people are talking about. He's more naive than anything else despite his gangster lifestyle). Gaaaaah, I ♥ him.

I almost forgot to comment on the end of Third Ward! I waited all day yesterday for it to be posted to Viki, and then stupid Viki had it on "processing" for ages (I don't think it was viewable until after midnight), so I had to search for a way to download the torrent without my ISP finding out and that took all damn day and most of the night, so I was going crazy waiting for this damn ending. And then... the ending was anti-climactic. Especially after all the trouble I went through to see it. The subs aren't out yet so I'm still not exactly sure how it all ended, but based on the scenes alone it looks like it's implied that my OTP ends up together, but there were no dramatic confessions or reunions or what have you. It was very low-key, which I guess I should have expected since Do Hyun and Hye In never had an expressive relationship, but... well... I WANTED A KISS. Or a hug. Or something. I guess we at least got a very tragic yet bittersweet handshake. I am not sure what happened with Seung Hyun and Eui Jin, but at least Eui Jin got to live. But yeah, the ending focused way too much on the father, which, pfft, who the hell gave a damn about the father? That was screentime that could have been spent on Do Hyun and Hye In, gosh darn it! I'm kidding, but seriously, they spent way too much time on the father's story. He was unlikable from the get-go and no amount of apologies and backstory was going to change that. But I enjoyed everything else. I also appreciated that the show moved away from the week to week medical stories as the show went on and just focused in on the characters that we knew (though it was a little ridiculous that everyone around the lead characters ended up getting sick and needing a brain operation, but, whatever, it worked).

Overall, I adored this drama to pieces. It had its flaws, but the good far outweighed the bad. Kim Seung Woo was amazing and lovable as always. He plays stoic in such a charming way, IDEK how. Especially with this character, who is terribly blunt and lashes out in childish ways and is sometimes just plain mean, KSW played him with such vulnerability and heart that you couldn't help but love him.
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
So, King of Dramas is the greatest, most fantastic, super duper awesomest, most perfect show ever. KIM MYUNG MIN. BEING EPIC. ALL THE TIME. That's all I need, really.

But seriously, the drama is actually really, really good, and I am SO relieved, because the summary of the show never made it sound all that great, but in actuality the show is exciting and it's sometimes subtly and sometimes not so subtly playing with different drama genres and it is basically a political meets underdog meets revenge meets rom-com meets action meets workplace drama. There are even a few moments of classic melodrama in it (usually played for laughs, though. Although the scene between the lead girl and her mother where they are talking to each other in their heads was actually played quite serious, even though it seemed a little loony for the drama to go so serious all of a sudden). The only thing it's missing is the procedural drama, though they did a bit of a medical one in the first ep. And there are Japanese triads! I'm loving it. It's ridiculous yet somehow very, very well done.

Obviously my favorite thing about the drama is Kim Myung Min. He is completely inhabiting the character of Anthony Kim, and Anthony Kim is already this complex mix of epic asshole robot and terribly vulnerable human being. He'll do anything to make his drama successful, to the point of letting someone die and possibly dying himself just to get it done. And of course this causes his downfall, and because he's such a control-freak asshole who spent his career using people for his own gain, everyone is waiting to crush him (and the one who brings him down is the only one that he had trusted with all of his vulnerabilities). It's just... gah, it's epic. The music is epic, his outlandishly expensive suits are epic, his downfall is epic, his undying desire to gain back his empire is epic, and OMG, I LOVE HIM. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Not only that, but Jung Ryeo Won is matching KMM scene for scene. Her character isn't as memorable as KMM's, but she actually has the acting chops to keep up with KMM. As much as I adored Beethoven Virus and shipped the heck out of that OTP, it was clear that Lee Ji Ah was quite outmatched in acting skills by KMM (as was a very young Jang Guen Suk). With this one, though, the characters are so evenly matched and the actors are playing off of each other so perfectly that their scenes are just electrifying. And I adore how JRW has played her character as kind of being breath-taken by Anthony in the first episode when he is offering her so many things and showing her the dedication that he has and the excitement that comes with it, but then he throws her away when he no longer needed her and she just made the largest impression on him than anyone ever has when she dumped a bucket of orange juice on him. SO AMAZING. LOOOOOOOOOVE. I love her temper. I love that she doesn't just sit back and blame herself for all the injustices that happen to her. She either gets what she wants or she gets revenge. Either way she gets people to see things from her perspective, which is exactly what Anthony needs. And I love that Anthony's downfall came with him causing her downfall, which in the end makes her the only person that can help him climb back up to the top. I can't wait to see how she changes Anthony's views, and I really can't wait to see him put her before a drama (if he'll put her before a drama. KMM's characters have this bad habit of being SO dedicated to their work that they give up everything else even in the end).

Anyway, I'm excited about this one. Everything about it is amazing so far. I am so hoping for a bromance once Choi Si Won appears. Anthony Kim is at his best when his feathers are being ruffled.

Also, tomorrow and Thursday are the last eps of Third Ward. If Do Hyun and Hye In don't end up together, expect me to throw my computer out of the window.
firthgal: (comm - pierce)
Is it weird that I have found myself completely enamored with Full House Take 2? I... I didn't mean to like it! It just happened! It's goofy and cute and stupid and I can't help it. It's classic trendy rom-com, nothing new or exciting. Sometimes I just like my comfort food. I adore the bromance like crazy, and this is one of the few instances where I genuinely love all three people involved in the love triangle. The dude from Gaksital (Shunji!) is so freaking adorable in this, definitely a scene stealer. And just... I... I really have no excuse. I just love it. Gratuitous shots of Noh Min Woo's abs help quite a lot. I think I love Take 2 more than the original, by the way, which, GASP! BLASPHEMY! but the original is too damn melodramatic and repetitive and I mostly just want to punch both second leads in the face every time I see them. With Take 2, they are all basically immature, lovable lugs, and I feel like Kang Hwi won't be too heartbroken when Man Ok chooses Tae Ik, because much as Kang Hwi and Tae Ik fight with each other, they also care pretty deeply for each other and are beyond hurt whenever one shows a disregard for the other (Tae Ik has trouble expressing caring feelings for Kang Hwi, and Kang Hwi has trouble getting Tae Ik to believe that his care is genuine. OH, BOYS!). I love it. I LOVE IT. Mind you, it's only 3 full episodes in, so who knows how long this love will actually last.
firthgal: (comm - pierce)
You cannot give us USTy coffee spilling scenes such as this in the preview:

And then not give it to us in the actual episode. That is just CRUEL, especially when she spends the whole episode obsessing over the other dude. Like, you couldn't just throw us this little bone? This little, tiny nougat of her maybe reciprocating his attraction to her? Of him actually making a tiny bit of progress with her? COME ON. I get that she probably won't end up with him, but you cannot make episode 10 all about their OTPness and then make the following two episodes completely forget about it so that she can be all moony-eyed over the other guy. Hmph.

No love,

That being said, my heart did break for Hye In when she went through all that trouble to confess to Seung Hyun in such an adorably grand fashion, but... well... Eui Jin is the one in his heart. But I still can't tell if the show is saying that they are the OTP or not. Because Eui Jin is going to die, that's pretty clear, and in the preview for next week it showed Eui Jin looking at her sympathetically (like she would be the one to bring them together), so I still feel like Doo Hyun has no chance with Hye In. Especially after they left out that USTy scene. Which SUCKS, because they are clearly where the chemistry is at, and Doo Hyun/Hye In is the more subtle, bumbling, social ineptitudeness romance that I adore so completely. And Seung Hyun/Eui Jin is so damn beautiful that I can't not ship them. OMG, the scene in the field where Eui Jin is playing her violin and he approaches her. Gaaaaaaah, so beautiful.

But yeah, my heart belongs to Doo Hyun/Hye In, and I've watched ep 10 about five times already. I adore how he just can't say the words, and explains to her in such a professional fashion that he wants her to be into him (something about him wanting her brain to excrete dopamine and serotonin whenever she sees him). I mean, I can see why Hye In hasn't been clued in yet to Doo Hyun liking her, because he shouts at her for things that really have nothing to do with what she thinks he's talking about and he's just super awkward at trying to inquire about her on a personal level and his temper is very short and he makes up excuses for why he asks her certain questions and he didn't thank her for saving him and he's pretty much a jerk and he makes her life miserable. So... yeah, Doo Hyun has a lot to explain to her. But even though he does all that, he is somehow this really lovable, sympathetic character. I don't even understand how. I guess because we saw that he wasn't loved as a child, so he puts up his shields and tries to tell the world that all he needs is himself, but he's got those puppy dog eyes and he wants to be loved so badly and he has so much love to give but he just doesn't know how to let those things happen. It's very foreign to him and he is screwing up at every turn. But OMG, if only Hye In would notice him, he'd lay down his shield and let her in, but at this point he is still way too insecure. And ep 10 made me think that Hye In would totally consider him if she knew he liked her. In fact, she looked pretty darn disappointed when she thought she found out that he didn't like her.

Oh, this show. It's killing me. I love it so thoroughly that it's all I want to watch. I just can't seem to get into any other drama (I've dropped Faith and Arang, they both started feeling like a chore to watch, probably because all I could think about was Third Ward). I just don't understand how it's the not-so-great dramas that always manage to capture my heart. The acting isn't anything to shout about, the soundtrack isn't especially great, there's not much of a plot, and I can't freaking figure out how the love stories are going to go. But OMG does it get me right in the heart. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me swoon. I love these characters and I want them all to be happy and I really don't want to part with them (unfortunately, half of them are dying of brain tumors or getting run over by buses).
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)

LOOK AT HIM!!!! He looks kind of ridiculous but hot at the same time. This is a different look from the initial pics, and he somehow looks younger here, which makes me think it's a flashback/earlier part of the drama (where the two leads first meet and clash). Dudes, I so can't wait for this drama. I know that I'm the only one, but damn, it's Kim Myung Min and it's by the same writer that did Sign. I CAN'T HELP IT. Though if this drama has an ending as craptacular as Sign did, I will be angry (not that the ending to Sign was bad, just heartbreaking. But King of Dramas is supposed to be a comedy, therefore no heavy ending is allowed. You hear me? DON'T KILL THE LEAD CHARACTER). I am still confused on the romance aspect of the drama, though. The setup sounds typical enough in that the two leads would get together, but there's never been any actual mention of romance between them, while it mentions romance with other people for both of them, which would suck because Kim Myung Min and Jung Ryeo Won would be awesome together (well, you'd think they would be. Guess I have to actually see them act together first)


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