Rody reviews Kdramas / #11 “Full House”

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I’m back with reviewing a slightly old drama, and I keep wondering how come I never saw it until now. It’s the 2004 Korean drama “Full House” which is based on a Korean manhwa of the same name by Woon Soo Yoon. I have read the manhwa first once I decided to watch the drama to compare them, and though most of the plot parts are changed, but they both are great in their own different way.

  • General info:

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Title: 풀하우스 / Pool Ha-woo-seu / Full House
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Episodes: 16

  • Synopsis:

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Han Ji-eun, an aspiring script writer, and lives in a house called “Full House” built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a free vacation. While she is away, they sell her house. On the plane, she meets a famous actor named Lee Young-jae. Through comedic events, they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns, she discovers her house has been sold to him.

Though they don’t get along with each other as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agreed to live with each other. At first, Ji-eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but because of Young-jae’s wish to make the love of his life and Kang Hye-won jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time, complications arise and Ji-Eun and Young-Jae become attracted to each other.

 

  • Characters:

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Lee Young Jae/Ryder (played by Rain): Young Jae (his name in the manhwa is Ryder) is the famous, handsome, sweet actor, he’s in the manhwa British but in the drama they make him Korean. He’s funny, sensitive, gets jealous easily, and has a complicated relationship with his family due to his acting aspirations. He has this crush on his childhood friend Hye Won, but later on falls in love with Ji Eun. He’s crazy about cleanliness, and I love the names he keeps calling Ji Eun with “Bird/Chicken/KoKo…etc”, he also turns into the sweetest guy ever when he’s in love with Ji Eun. Though he’s a bit proud and stubborn, he has a good heart, the heart of a baby. I loved him, though he was somehow slow and I didn’t understand  his need to help Hye Won even when he realized his love for Ji Eun, I mean he could keep promises he made at 9 years old Hye Won, but can’t keep the promises he made with an adult Ji Eun, it got on my nerves. I loved the manhwa Ryder a little bit more, but Rain is amazing too especially in the last episodes.

 

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Han Ji Eun/Ellie (played by Song Hye Kyo): Ji Eun (her name in the manhwa is Ellie) is the cheerful, loving, somehow naïve, aspiring writer, who ends up losing her house to the famous actor Young Jae. She has a dream of becoming a great writer, however due to a trick by her friends she loses her house to Young Jae, and ends up working for him as a maid in her own house, and getting into a contract marriage, all to get her house back. She’s a really sweet character, who makes anyone around her happy just by being around her; I loved her a lot, maybe a little more than the manhwa Ellie. She tries hard even when Young Jae was still in love with Hye Won, she was satisfied if that made him happy. I liked her a lot with Min Hyuk actually, but you gotta say that she and Young Jae look like they were made for each other.

 

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Kang Hye Won (played by Han Eun Jeong): (according to manhwa’s characters, she’s a mix of Miranda and Jasmine), she’s Young Jae and Min Hyuk’s childhood friend, who loves Min Hyuk but at the same time clings to Young Jae and wants him to stay by her side after Min Hyuk rejects her. She’s a fashion designer (with apparently no sense of fashion seeing what they made her wear through the drama), she eventually lets go of Young Jae when she sees that he really loves Ji Eun.

 

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Yoo Min Hyuk (played by Kim Sung Soo): (according to manhwa’s characters, he’s a mix of Felix and Damon), he’s Young Jae childhood friend, and a rich and handsome businessman, who doesn’t pay much attention to women because of his busy life, but he falls for Ji Eun. He tries to win Ji Eun over; he even proposes to her, he later gives up when he realizes that she only loves Young Jae.

 

  • Acting:

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It’s the first drama to see for almost all the cast, except for Eun Jeong, I’ve seen her in “Cinderella Man” and hated her there too. Rain is cute and he really can act, though stiff at some times, as for Hye Kyo she’s an amazing actress, I absolutely loved her. Sung Soo did a great job too.

 

  • Is it Funny?

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Yes, the way Young Jae makes Ji Eun work for him, and the nicknames he calls her (Chicken, Bird, Koko … etc) are hilarious. Their relationship is funny, even when the situation is supposed to be serious. Also the “Three Bears” song that none could possibly forget! 😀

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Hahahaha. 😀

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-Jerking?

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So-so, the love story is a cute one, not an epic one, which is sad. In the manhwa it was much more epic. There are many sad scenes too like when they decided on divorce (I still don’t get that), and when Young Jae would leave poor Ji Eun to hurry over to Hye Won, Ugh.

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Aww, I loved his confession. ❤

  • Soundtrack:
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Fighting/Aja Aja couple. ❤

The soundtrack is really pretty, I have two personal favorite songs, “I Think I” by by Byul, and “Destiny” by WHY. These two songs fit the drama perfectly, they’re perfect.

 

  • Hotness Level/Style:

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The style in this drama isn’t very good; maybe the most acceptable one in terms of Style is Min Hyuk and some of Ji Eun’s outfits. I hated most of Rain’s outfits, and I hated Hye Won completely. Seriously, what’s with her and her bra that has to be shown in every single outfit she wears in every single scene! But they make up for it with the beautiful cast, like Rain and Hye Kyo.

  • Manhwa vs. Drama:

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Plot: it’s changed drastically, in the manhwa Ellie loses her house because of a mysterious man “Henry” who sells it to Ryder. While in the drama, her friends betray her and set up a fake trip for her so that they could sell it and use the money to repay their debts, and guess what? After what happens, she still treats them as friends!

Love story: I loved manhwa Ryder over drama Young Jae, he was more passionate and committed to that marriage even when wasn’t in love with Ellie/Ji Eun yet. They’ve also gone through some epic events, which the drama didn’t show; it only made their love deeper!

Missing Characters and Events: Where are Felix and Christine? Where are Miranda and Ozwick? A lot of good manhwa characters weren’t there in the drama, which is a pity. Also, where’s Henry’s kidnapping Ellie? Hollywood part? The Island part? A lot of great events were missing too. The only thing I like is that though the full House isn’t the same as the manhwa, it’s still very pretty. Also Ryder was British, I understand that you had to use Korean actor, but couldn’t you at least have shoot it in London as the manhwa shows? It would’ve been great.

 

  • Did it end well?

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They confessed to each other their love, and he proposed again, this time for real, and they lived happily ever after at Full House.

  • Rating: 4.5/5, I wanted more events from the manhwa, that’s why I was a bit disappointed. 
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Rody review Jdramas / #10 “Ouran High School Host Club”

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Woohoo, Jdrama breaks in-between the Kdramas is truly refreshing, and this time it’s another manga adaption, which I absolutely love. “Ouran High School Host Club” is based on a manga of the same name by Bisco Hatori, which was adapted into a 26 episodes anime. The drama, as well as the anime, doesn’t go the full distance and show the blossoming relationship of Haruhi and Tamaki, but it’s absolutely hilarious and funny and has some cute moments. Here goes the review, with some spoilers and pic spam. 😀

  • General info:

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Title: 桜蘭高校ホスト部 / Gekijoban Oran Koko Hosutobu / Ouran High School Host Club
Genre: Comedy/School
Episodes: 11 episodes + a movie.

  • Synopsis:

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Haruhi Fujioka is a female high school student the prestigious Ouran Academy. Unlike most of the students who come from wealthy families, Haruhi Fujioka comes from a modest family background and entered the school with an academic scholarship. One day, she wanders around the campus and stumbles by accident into the school’s “host club”. The host club consists of six handsome male students who entertain female students.

In the room, Haruhi unintentionally breaks an antique vase worth 8 million YEN. To repay for the broken vase, the six male members of the host club makes Haruhi join them – not realizing that Haruhi is actually a girl!

 

  • Characters:

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Haruhi Fujioka (played by Haruna Kawaguchi): The hard-working simple-minded sweet girl, who comes from an ordinary background. This girl has no regard for gender differences whatsoever, until Tamaki knocks some sense into that brain of hers. I absolutely loved her in the manga, and in the anime she was cute and really sweet, in the drama there times when I really saw that Haruhi in her, and there were times when I just didn’t. I always pictured Horikita Maki playing her, but Haruna did a good job considering that she’s very young. She goes through some experiences, her first love, and her first time dealing with the real world, and having a bunch of goofy real friends. She’s got to be one of the luckiest heroines.

 

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Tamaki Suou (played by Yusuke Yamamoto): The goofy, dorky, handsome, and charming king of the Host club, and the heir for Suou corporations. This guy is definitely my love, I loved all versions of him, and they were all the same. He’s hyper active, really fond of family concept because of his issues with his own family. His grandmother doesn’t accept him as a grandson or a heir because he’s the son of a French woman his father loved and his grandmother never accepted her. Yet, all these issues made him turn into this sweet loving person, whose goal is to make all the people around him smile, how sweet is that? Oh, and he falls in love with Haruhi, and they do end up together, now that’s perfection.

 

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Kyoya Otori (played by Shunsuke Daito):  The scheming, calculating brain of the host club, and the one with all the dirty tricks and secrets, who doesn’t do a thing if it doesn’t benefit him, but that change around his host club friends. He’s the third son so he always thought that he didn’t have any chance of inheriting his father’s so he never worked hard until he met Tamaki. Tamaki made him establish the host club alongside him, and changed his way of thinking and made him work harder to become more qualified than his brothers to inherit his father’s business. He’s a dark character, who seems to be scheming all the time and has some secret weapons that would do good in blackmailing, scary.

 

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Mitsukuni Haninozuka aka Honey Senpei (played by Yudai Chiba): The cute, little, sweet-loving, Karate-champion, and adorable Honey Senpai. He’s the son of a big family specialized in martial arts, that’s why it was hard for him considering his cute appearance and his love for kawai things and sweet food. It was when Tamaki invited him to join the host club and be who he really was, then he dropped the tough act of a martial arts fighter and started being his cute adorable self. In the drama though, his background story wasn’t enough, they didn’t even focus on his complex relationship with his brother, he deserved more time. And Yudai, though he’s adorable, at many times he made me cringe, his over-cuteness was…at many times, too much! I didn’t love his role too much, which is a pity, because I adored the manga/anime Honey Senpai, with his occasional dark side, when he’s deprived of his sweet food and Usa Chan.

 

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Takashi Morinozuka aka Mori Senpai (played by Masaya Nakamura): The poker-faced, emotionless, and Honey Senpai’s guardian, Mor Senpai. He appears as this character who deosn’t talk much (or ever) with no emotions on his face, and he only seems to know of Honey Senpai alone, he protects him, stays with him all the time. It’s no wonder, as Mori’s ancestors used to work for Honey’s ancestor, so that resulted in their current relationship. His family also specializes in the martial arts field. He doesn’t get a sufficient background story, and he joins the host club when Honey decides to join. But I guess the manga did him right, the drama wasn’t fair with him.

 

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Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin (played by Manpei and Shinpei Takagi): The adorable, cunning, manipulative twins, who live in their own little world. Ever since their childhood, they lived in their own world, not letting anyone get closer to them. Even though they want people to tell them apart, they make it harder for them to do so, and enjoy seeing them suffer. They also have some issues in their family with their mother being distant, it was in the manga, I’m disappointed that the drama didn’t give them enough background story. They agreed to join Tamaki’s host club, and their world began to widen bit by bit, until they met Haruhi. Unfortunately, they both fall in love with her; it leads to too much drama, which ends in them both beginning to mature. They’re the best twins’ characters ever.

 

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Ranka ❤

Family: We don’t see much family here, which is a shame, in the manga the diversity of families was great. Haruhi’s father, who ends up working as a transvestite after her mother dies, and dresses as a woman the whole time, is truly great and loves his daughter dearly. Tamaki’s father too is a great father who tries to make Tamaki’s grandmother accept him in the family.

 

  • Acting:

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The king of acting in this drama was definitely Yusuke, he did a great job as Tamaki, I’m sure that he’s read the manga AND watched the anime, he’s like a real-flesh Tamaki, and I was impressed by him. Though there are a lot of people annoyed at his over-acting, but I mean that’s how Tamaki’s character is, and he did it perfectly. Shunsuke as Kyoya was amazing too, I didn’t think of a better Kyoya. As for the Takagi twins, they have a lot of potential, they should have been given more roles and more to do, because they’re definitely the best Kaoru and Hikaru. Also Shigeyuki Totsugi as Ranka or Haruhi’s father, though he didn’t appear much, is hilarious.

 

  • Is it funny?

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Do you wanna die of laughter? Well, this drama is one of the solutions, really Jdramas are hilarious and this is just one other example. It’s funny; the over-acting is hilarious, and wellو you will laugh with each episode more and more.

 

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-jerking?
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One of the very VERY rare romantic scenes in this drama, the-almost-kiss of Haruhi and Tamaki.

It’s supposed to be Romantic, but the drama sadly merely mentions the romance between Haruhi and Tamaki, which is a shame. They have such a sweet love story, also Hikaru love for Haruhi and Kaoru’s sacrifice are simply tear jerking. But no, you won’t cry during the drama, nor there is that much romance either.

 

  • Soundtrack:
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Awwww.

There’s this song as the drama’s theme song which is “Friday-Ma-Magic” by miwa, which is a light pop-ish and upbeat song, with a lot of happy feels, it really suits the drama.

 

  • Hotness level/Style:
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There you go, you’re welcome! 😀

Well, most of the boys are hot/cute, Yusuke and Shunusuke are adorable AND hot, Shinpei and Manpei are my second favorites, they’re adorable, especially Manpei (Yes, I can tell them apart 😀 ). There isn’t much style here, but there are all of the cosplays they do at the host club, which are really impressive.

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Some of their costumes.

 

  • Manga vs. Anime vs. Drama:

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Plot: In Manga, the plot was flawless, we got romance in Haruhi x Tamaki x Hitachin Twins love rectangle, background stories, wonderful incidents, and a sweet ending. In Anime, more than half of the manga wasn’t even there, it was still hilarious and all, but no enough romance or background stories. In Drama, It’s funny, but it’s even shorter than the anime, and there are no background stories as they should be, and the romance is merely there. I certainly hope that there would be a second season for the drama to fix this.

Characters:  In Manga, the character had room for growth and development and to change over the series, and they were done in an amazing way. In Anime, they were perfectly portrayed, though some of their main life events weren’t there. In drama, MOST of them were perfectly portrayed; Mori portrayal didn’t hit me, neither honey. I wished that they’d have taken more of the original manga chapters and done more episodes with them.

In conclusion, the manga was perfect, the anime kinda disappointed me, I wanted it to be longer, and 26 episodes weren’t enough. The anime was great but I was waiting for a second season. Then the drama came and I had high hopes for them to be crushed again, and they once again didn’t go the complete distance, showing the full drama, is it too much to ask for? I want to see the conflicts and sweetness I loved in the manga.

 

  • Did it end well?

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I have the feeling that its open-ended for a reason, maybe they’re doing a season 2? The drama was great and the ending was cute and all, the movie too, though bizarre, had some true and main conflicts, but I didn’t like the ending once again, it’s sweet but leaves us wondering, “Why isn’t there more? Ouran manga had much more interesting plots”. I’m praying for announcing a second season anytime now!

 

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 … the incompleteness and missing all of my favorite plot parts are kinda the reason, though I enjoyed it. 

Rody reviews jdramas / #9 “Hana Yori Dango”

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Woohoo, another review, and this time it’s one of my favorite dramas ever, as this isn’t the first… or second time I watch it. I actually reviewed the Korean version before (Boys Over Flowers review), and it’s about time to review the original and more fantastic version. Of course you all know that “Hana Yori Dango and its Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese adaptions are all based on the manga by the same name by Yoko Kamio. It became super popular, even after all these years. I gotta say though I loved the Korean version, the Japanese one will always be the best,  well after the manga that is, you’ll know why in the review.

Remember, there’d be some spoilers and photo spam. 🙂

  • General info:

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Title: 花より男子 / Hana Yori Dango
Also known as: Boys Before Flowers / Boys Over Flowers
Episodes: Season 1: 9 episodes, Season 2: 11 episodes, A special episode, A Final movie.
Genre: Romance, Drama.

  • Synopsis:

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Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and Mimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4’s bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school.

Makino hopes to pass her days quietly– without drawing any attention to herself– but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a “tough weed”. She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.

  • Characters:

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Makino Tsukushi (played by Inoue Mao): The powerful independent poor girl, who manages to win the hearts of F4 and changes them all somehow. I like this version best of Makino, she’s sweet, powerful, and stubborn at times, but she’s the one that resembles the original Manga Makino the most. She’s a poor girl who’s dream (later on) is to become a lawyer, her first love is Rui, but her true love and the one she’s destined to be with is Domyouji. We see her change a lot during the two seasons, she starts off as somehow uncaring person, and ends up defending her love and her right to choose the way she lives. Well, we gotta give it to her; she stood up to Domyouji’s mom quite a lot. She’s funny a lot too, and cute. Well you obviously can see that I’m biased to this Makino.

 

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Domyouji Tsukasa (played by Matsumoto Jun): The stubborn, selfish, aggressive, and adorable heir of Domyouji group, and Makino’s true love. At first I really hated him, for the two first episodes he was like this aggressive animal, who only cared about beating others for no apparent reason. After Makino enters his life he COMPLETELY changes, and turns into this adorable little boy, with a lot of mistakes, both in English and Japanese. He’s so passionate when it comes to love, he’s willing to do anything, and through the episodes he slowly develops to become a real adult. Also, That wink! ❤

 

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Hanazawa Rui (played by Oguri Shun): The cool, somehow lazy, and handsome prince and heir, and Makino’s first love. You can always see him holding a book, like ALL THE FREAKING TIME (don’t get me wrong, I love books. But isn’t it a bit too much?)! He starts off as the one who’s saving Makino from all the bullying for no reason other than he just hates Domyouji’s ways, but later on falls in love with her after moving on Shizuka, his first love. After losing Makino’s love to Tsukasa, he works as her knight, whenever Domyouji’s not there. He even became the priest in their wedding, how sweet is that? I always felt sorry for him for not getting the girl, but I’m pretty sure he’d get the love he deserves, with this killer smile and angelic presence, and it’s not that hard! ❤

 

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Nishikado Sojiro (played by Matsuda Shota): The playboy and tea ceremonial family descendant, and the love interest of Makino’s friend Yuki. He plays the role of F4’s playboy with traditional Japanese background, coming from one of the top Japanese families in tea making. He’s had a little cute sad love story with his childhood friend, Hinata Sara, but because of his arrogance, he lost her. But Yuki managed to change him, and they’re (somehow) dating, I guess. I don’t really get it since whenever he sees her he just runs away.

 

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Mimasaka Akira (played by Abe Tsuyoshi): He played the son of underground business who loves older, married women. This Akira version is much better, since the Korean version gave him no depth at all. It shows the reason for his love to older women, having two little sisters, and a young and childish mother did that to him. Also at the end, when he takes over the underground business, he tries to make it all clean (but how, I don’t know). He’s like the glue and the brains of the F4; he’s the one who’s keeping them together.

 

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Family: Makino’s family though they love money, they aren’t as horrible as the one in the Korean version. This family truly cares about Tsukushi and loves her dearly, and it clearly shows. I also love her brother Susumu; he’s got this cute pitchy voice. As for Domyouji’s family, his mother is pure evil, she becomes all sweet at the end, but you’ll really REALLY hate her through the drama, his sister is lovable, on the contrary.

  • Acting:

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The acting was superb, the chemistry between Mao and Jun was apparent; I was feeling like they’re a real couple (unlike the Korean version). Jun was amazing, he’s truly the only suitable Domyouji, he adds his quirkiness and language mistakes and his attitude, it all made him super lovable. Shun, was sweet too, but too lazy to act, I mean the only time I saw him actually acting and getting some emotions out when he was lecturing Domyouji about Makino, come on, Rui in the manga wasn’t that lazy. The rest of the cast was amazing, but I gotta say my least favorite character, is Abe Tsuyoshi, though he has his moments, I felt that his acting was awkward most of the time.

  • Is it funny?
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I .. COULDN’T … RESIST! 😀

One word for funny, well maybe two: Tsukasa Domyouji. He’s hilarious; he’s the reason behind all the laughter throughout the drama.

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Apparently, that’s what you say on your first date. 😀

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-Jerking?
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Romantic, YES, Tear-jerking, once again YES! There are a lot of romantic scenes between Makino and Domyouji or Makino and Rui. As for the crying scenes, all the times they’ve broke up or when his mother does something horrible… again. Also, the time when he lost his memory made me tear a bit, because of frustration.

  • Soundtrack:

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The drama mostly focuses on background music, but it’s got four or five amazing songs, I’m still addicted to. The first season got “WISH” by Arashi and “Planetarium” by Ai Otsuka, the second season got “Love So Sweet” by Arashi, and “Flavor of Life” by Utada Hikaru. And the theme song for the movie is “Forever Love” by, yes you’re right, ARASHI. They did a good job working on these songs; they’re so addictive and sweet.

  • Hotness level/Style:

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There isn’t much style or fancy clothes like the Korean version, as this version is much older, and J-dramas doesn’t focus that much on clothes and wardrobe, though I loved Rui’s outfits. But they make up for it by the hotties that are Matsumoto Jun and Oguri Shun, who are enough for me! Also Mao is really cute.

  • Moments to Remember:
The Proposal <3

The Proposal ❤

When Domyouji was leaving to New York, the meeting in New York, The Proposal, their time on the island, the silliness, Okami-san boyfriend’s stories, the wedding, when Domyouji found out that Makino is pregnant, too much great moments, I’ll leave you some pics.

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Domyouji's perverted thinking. :D

Domyouji’s perverted thinking. 😀

  • Did it end well?

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Season 1: YES! Makino running after Domyouji left her the Saturn necklace and telling him that she loves, also the kiss by the sunset. It was all too perfect.

Season 2: The proposal was so Domyouji-ish, he was in love and proposing, yet he couldn’t keep out stuff like “Almighty Me” which I found really cute.

The wedding <3

The wedding ❤

The Movie: Though the whole movie is nowhere to be found in the manga, it’s completely fantasy of the writers, it was sweet, funny, and full of suspense, and we get to see them reconfirm their love, and the best wedding scene and happy ending. Ahh~~

  • Rating: 5/5… if I could give it million out of five, I would ❤

 

Rody review kdramas / #8 “Dream High”

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Annyeong~

I’m back with another drama, and a review full of spoilers (Some serious ones), and a photo spam. I watched “Dream High” which story is written by Park Jin Young “JYP” himself, and it’s all about dreams. It certainly charmed me, and left occupied with it for a while. Though there’s a second season, it follows a completely different people with different cast, though some of the original cast appears as cameos, and there is news of season 3. Anyways, here we go with the review.

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  • General info:

Title: 드림하이 / Dream High
Genre: School, drama, comedy, romance
Episodes: 16 + 1 special episode

  • Synopsis:

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Six students at Kirin High School have the dream of becoming Kpop idols. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also go through their love life and start to develop feelings for each other. Each one of the students has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of each other.

  • Characters:

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Go Hye Mi (played by Suzy): The arrogant classic music singer, the one who cared only for herself, honestly I truly hated her at the first two episodes, then she started growing on me as the show proceeded. It was funny seeing her cold attitude and how she transformed into this sweet girl. The whole show you’d think that she’s in love with Jin Guk, while she’s really in love with Sam Dong. My only regret is not enough romantic scenes with Sam Dong, after he found out that she loves him back. She’s truly talented and her attitude that made her lose her friends at the beginning of the show, changes into the complete opposite at the end. She at first, gives up her classic music and decides to enter this academy to repay her father’s debts, but soon after she realizes that this is her real dream.

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Song Sam Dong (played by Kim Soo Hyun): The hard-working, sweet, adorable, AMAZING guy, and guess what? FINALLY, the sweet guy wins the girl’s heart, though from what it seems they don’t end up together. I mean, I know it’s not supposed to be a romantic drama, but couldn’t they ease the hearts of people like me and show him ending up with Hye Mi? He’s one amazing actor, and the only actor among the cast of singers, and he did an AMAZING job. The dilemma of his hearing disability totally crushed me, and it’s been a while since I’ve cried for a character this much, I still ache for him. He’s a naive character, who only knows two things in the whole world, music and Hye Mi. he’s this country boy who never had the courage to sing or show his true talents and him being a genius in composing until he’s got the chance to get into Kirin academy. And I actually couldn’t believe that he’s “K”, as Hye Mi said in the last episode he’s the brightest and most successful star among them, yet he’s all alone.

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Jin Guk/ Hyun Shi Hyuk (played by Taecyeon):  The rebellious dancer with father issues, he’s the character with an overdose of problems yet I didn’t sympathize with him that much. He’s an illegal child of a political man, who tries to hide his history and son to win the elections, it all changes when his son decides due to some events to become a singer through debuting from Kirin academy, oh, and he’s in love with Hye Mi. It all works out alright with his father, and he manages to debut as a successful singer. He at the end accepts that Hye Mi is in love with Sam Dong, not him. He’s a nice guy, and I totally love his eyes. 😀

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Yoon Baek Hee (played by Ham Eun Jung): Hye Mi’s best friend and her enemy during school years. After being in Hye Mi’s shadows for years and looking up to everything she does, when Hye Mi betrays her during the auditions to Kirin she turns into the most horrible creature ever, thankfully she returns to being nice and all by the end of the drama. She really is a complicated character, everyone around even her mother are proud of Hye Mi and never paid attention to her talents, that resulted in her belief that no one is there for her. She also has this crush on Jin Guk, which is one-sided. She really made me sympathize with her in the first episode, then really hate her in the next, she’s good.

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Jason (played by Wooyoung): The foreign/Korean guy with the extreme ego, dance moves and awkward English. He’s a dancer and a man with courtesy, which many people mistake for flirting, he also ends up falling for Pilsuk. at the beginning seems like a guy with no passion or motivations to get better, but he starts working hard for her sake. Though he didn’t impress me much, his cute little love story with Pilsuk did.

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Kim Pilsuk (played by IU): The fat-turned-thin-then-again-fat girl with beautiful voice and sweet character, she’s my favorite cutesy character. She’s this girl who appears in a sushi outfit because she’s not confident in how she looks, yet her voice is amazing. She’s in love with Jason, and she even loses all her weight for him (which I didn’t like). She’s so sincere, and even after being a singer for a while, she returns to be fat again saying that she’s happy this way.

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The Teachers: Uhm Ki Joon (who looks a lot like Lee Seung Gi) as Oh Hyuk was just adorable, like the most inspiring and cutest teacher EVER! And his little love story Kyung Jin (Lee Yoon Ji played her) was amazing, they made me squeal, and she’s so cute. But the star here is the man, JYP himself, he was HILRIOUS. He’s funny, a good dancer, and FUNNY.

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Others: Cameos by Bae Yong Joon and Kim Hyun Joong were precious; I love those too just TOO MUCH! Also Lee Teuk and Eun Hyuk made hit the reply button. And Ma Du Shik, the loan shark, who I thought would be evil turned out to be the complete opposite.

  • Acting:

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The first thing you’d notice is Kpop stars who could act, especially Taecyeon, Eunjung, and IU. But the master prize in the acting department goes to Kim Soo Hyun, he’s a genius, I’m hoping to see him star in more and more dramas. JYP was amazing himself. You know what? The whole cast, even those who were awkward were good somehow. Also the complications and twists are kinda more realistic than most dramas.

  • Is it funny?
They're dancing "Tell Me Your Wish" by SNSD. Hilarious.

They’re dancing “Tell Me Your Wish” by SNSD. Hilarious.

YES! I was practically tearing from laughter at JYP and Soo Hyun’s roles, both are adorable and hilarious. Also there are some Suzy/Taecyeon funny scenes. Here are some moments.

HAHAHAHA, his outfit!

HAHAHAHA, his outfit!

Bromance moment :D

Bromance moment 😀

  • Is it Romantic/tear-jerking?

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Romance is lacking a bit here, especially between the two main lovers, Suzy and Sam Dong, I wanted more moments, and especially since they both like each other. Instead we see more romantic scenes with Suzy and Taecyeon, and she doesn’t even love him. But Pilsuk and Jason scenes are cute, like hell. As for the tears, you’re going to tear A LOT for Soo Hyun’s character, like A LOOOT! So yeah, it’s also tear-jerking.

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OMG!

  • Soundtrack:

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The main song “Dream High” is so motivating, yet whenever I hear I felt the emptiness that I finished the drama and want to start it all over again. There are some amazing tracks too, I’m happy that the actors participated in it, “Dreaming” by Kim Soo Hyun is amazing, so is “Someday” by IU, “Winter Child” by Suzy, and “Can’t I Love You” by Changmin and Jinwoon from 2AM.

  • Hotness level/style:
Sam Dong <3

Sam Dong ❤

KIM SOO HYUN, MARRY ME! He’s dorky and cute at the beginning, lovable and sweet in the middle, and HOOOT at the ending, he’s the main Eye candy in this, also Taecyeon looks great. As for style, they’re most of the time in their school uniforms, but I loved Suzy’s and IU’s outfits, also the performances outfits were great!

These outfits are really too kpop-sih.

These outfits are really too kpop-sih.

  • Moments to remember:

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A lot, I’ll just leave the pics to do the talking.

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The only ones who'd make a flash mob work.

The only ones who’d make a flash mob work.

When Sam Dong found his picture in Hye Mi's wallet, I was squealing like crazy.

When Sam Dong found his picture in Hye Mi’s wallet, I was squealing like crazy.

Remembering the good ol' days.

Remembering the good ol’ days.

  • Did it end well?
The lucky pendant, I want one!

The lucky pendant, I want one!

Eight years later, Hye Mi is a successful singer, so is Jin Guk. Baek Hee is a dance teacher at Kirin Academy. Pilsuk, after a long career, sings to children in a nursery and returned to her older self, saying that she’s happier like this. Jason? Well, he seems to have become successful as well. But the star among them all is the genius Sam Dong, who became the world-wide famous singer “K” who got nominated for a Grammy, big, eh? Oh Hyuk and Kyung Jin married, too. Although I’m a bit disappointed in the ending, I get it, it’s not supposed to focus entirely on their love stories, it’s about their dreams, but I wanted more Hye Mi x Sam Dong moments. They deserve it. I also get irritated by open endings. Also there was this special episode, where they sang the OST songs and had some talk in a mini concert attended by some fans, it was aired after the drama was finished.

Sam Dong when he became "K"

Sam Dong when he became “K”

  • Rating: 5/5, it left me speechless and made me feel all kinds of emotions, I wanted to go out in the streets and accomplish my dreams whatever it is. I completely recommend it

Rody Reviews Kdramas / #7 “Mary Stayed Out All Night”

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I’m back with another drama, though I promised to do other reviews, I’ll postpone them a bit to review this adorable drama.

Mary Stayed Out All Night or Marry Me, Mary is actually an adaption of a Korean manhwa with the same name by Won Su Yeon. Though it follows the main plot of this manhwa, it doesn’t follow its main series of events; I’ve heard that there are a lot of differences. I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t judge that.

  • General info:

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Title: Mary Stayed Out All Night / 매리는 외박중 / Maerineun Oebakjoong
Also known as: Marry Me, Mary!
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16

  • Synoposis:

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Wi Mae Ri is the cheerful, pragmatic daughter of a failed businessman who had grown used to being constantly on the move to escape from debtors. She becomes fast friends with the free-spirited indie singer Kang Moo Kyul when she nearly ran him over in a car. Meanwhile, her father Wi Dae Han is saved from his debtors by his old friend, Jung Suk, who had just returned from considerable success in the Japanese entertainment industry. Jung Suk, who had harboured a secret love for Mae Ri’s mother, sets up a deal with Dae Han to have Mae Ri marry his son, Jung In. Desperate to escape this predicament, Mae Ri begs Moo Kyul to pose as her husband, and finds herself in even more trouble than before when her father proposes a 100-day period in which she has to divide her time equally between Moo Kyul and Jung In, after which she has to decide who to marry.

  • Characters:

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Wi Maeri / Mary (played by Moon Geun Young): The cute drama lover, adorable girl who wear big-sized clothes, I love her a lot. I haven’t watched many Geun Young dramas but I have to say I love her in this. Mary is a girl who never loved before and she’s 24 years old or had any dreams of her own, even her studies she can’t keep up with them because of her dad and his constant running away from debtors. She starts running from her father when he tries to set her up with his friends’ son, who paid all of their debts. Accidentally, she falls in love with the one she convinced to only play her husband in front of others to escape the whole marriage thing. It’s a typical drama, and she uses typical drama solutions to get away with things, sometimes it’s so unrealistic. She has this cuteness, which isn’t too much that’d you’d end up saying bleh. But what I didn’t like is that she didn’t even give Jung In a chance, she just shut him out, yes you’re in love with Moo Kyul, but before that you didn’t notice how sweet Jung In is? AND, you guys have sort of a history together, I felt when they showed that little story of their childhood as if they’re meant to be.

 

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Kang Moo Kyul (played by Jang Geun Suk): The indie rocker and leader of “Absolute Perfection” band, the guy with girly hair. Before I’d get on, too much musical roles, Geun Suk! Is this his fourth drama acting a musician? AND he’s pursuing a musical career, I’d love to see him in a different role. Back to the topic, he’s got this playboy image, when he’s not really a playboy, it’s just he has never really fell in love, until he met Mary. He’s hilarious when he’s drunk and a typical baby who didn’t feel any warmth growing up, he gets to act like a little baby around Mary, who makes up for all the warmth he lost as a child. I also loved their little “mung mung/miao = cat/dog” act with Mary, one of the few good things the first writer did.AND he makes some “Harry Potter” and “Shrek” references, gotta love him. Bonus Bonus: He wrote the last episode, we should thank him for the bromance scenes with Jung In, they were precious.

 

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Byun Jung In (played by Kim Jae Wook): The director and head of J.I Entertainment, and Mary’s husband (for the most of the show, at least). He is the son of Jung Suk, a friend of Mary’s father who was secretly in love with Mary’s mother, that’s why he wants his son to marry Mary, to make up for him not being able to marry her mom. At first, he was a bit snobbish and not interested in Mary at all. But as he began to fall for Mary, I began to fall for him as well. It’s also obvious that the second/new writer loves him; she gave him a lot of cute moments. I love him, and it’s the second time (after Boys over Flowers) where I wished for the main girl to end up with the second guy, not the main one. He built Mary a library for god’s sake. If a guy built me a library I would marry him, blindfolded. I love you, Jung In.

 

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Seo Joon (played by Kim Hyo Jin): Actress and Moo Kyul’s ex-girlfriend, and works with Jung In in his first production “Wonderful Day”. She appears as a snobbish actress, and later on she turns to be way to clingy to Moo Kyul and just can’t forget him, until the last episode where she completely lets go (way too long, right?). but she’s loyal, and it appears with her helping Jung In, during the crisis his company and the drama went through. I kinda expected them, her and Jung In, to end up together. Oh well, I prefer Jung In to till be available, for me. She had a lot of misunderstandings with Mary, but in the end she finally accepts Moo Kyul’s love for her.

 

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Hahahaha.

Friends and Family: I hated all family members in this drama, which is a first. Mary’s father is so selfish wanting to marry his girl to his rich friend just cause he paid his debts, and don’t give me that happiness rubbish talk. Jung In’s father is creepy, is it 30 years that he was in love with Mary’s mom? And wanting to marry Mary to his son just to satisfy himself? And don’t get me started on Moo Kyul’s mother who only appears at her son’s side if she needs money or if she was dumped by another guy. The friends are bearable, Mary’s friends are kinda annoying, and Moo Kyul’s friends can be selfish at times not appreciating Moo Kyul. I mean they’re fighting with him for singing a ballad? Seriously? the guy gave up almost every contract offered to him just to stay with you!

  • Acting:

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Geun Suk and Geun Young appear to be very comfortable together which is a necessity if you’re going to be acting a couple, they were great. But Jae Wook was perfect (I’m biased, right?) he has some hilarious scenes, and he starts to warm up with each episode. I loved the acting and the chemistry between this trio. I have to say Hyo Jin really nailed it too, she actually made me hate for the most of the drama.

  • Is it Funny?

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Drunk Geun Suk, Hilarious Jae Wook (car scene), and epic Geun Suk and Geun Young scenes, yes its funny! The last episode is extra funny (bromance scenes).

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  • Is it Romantic/Tear-Jerking?
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Kiss my forehead too, Jae Wook!

A girl with two guys fighting over her (kinda)? Of course, it is romantic. Well, Jung In gave up early, but we can still see some sweet scenes between him and Mary, though they weren’t enough for me. Mary and Moo Kyul are adorable too, check their second kiss. As for the tears, I teared a little, because all of the misunderstanding in the latter episodes, seeing a character cry, makes me cry along with them. Not to mention, I was feeling sad that my baby Jung In, who sacrificed his love, was being left alone.

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Mary & Moo Kyul’s first kiss.

  • Soundtrack:

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Most of the songs of the OST are actually sung by Geun Suk, and I’m not complaining, he’s an amazing singer. The drama got some cute and varied background music too, which are good to listen to. I loved “Hello Hello” by Jang Geun Suk, “Super Star” by Han Seung Yeon, and “Tell Me your Love” by TRAX, there are more songs, but these three are addictive.

 

  • Hotness Level/Style:

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Kim Jae Wook, I love men in suits, and he applies to that like crazy, he’s a good dresser. Jang Geun suk, dresses awkwardly even for a rock/indie singer, there are outfits I literally almost shouted “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?” and is it only me who likes him with spiked hair (like the one he had in “You’re Beautiful”)? Moon Geun Young on the other hand wears these huge accessories and big clothes and many layers, it’s cute and there are many outfits I actually loved, oh and I absolutely LOVE that hairstyle on her.

 

  • Moments to remember:
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Fake marriage photoshoot, too cute!

A lot is worthy to remember and there are a lot of scenes too which aren’t, I’ll leave you with some pics.

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Mung Mung / Miao little act in gif, TOO CUTE ❤

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The library scene is precious. ❤

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Moo Kyul perverted thoughts. 😀

  • Did it end well?

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Mary became a screenwriter, Moo Kyul became nicer, Seo Joon became famous for her loyalty as an actress, Jung In and Mary got their divorce, and Jung In is as perfect as ever. Mary and Moo Kyul broke up twelve times (which is way too much, don’t you think?). Of course seeing how biased I am for Jung In, I’ll say the ending isn’t too nice. But that’s not the only reason, I just didn’t feel like it, and the whole wedding fiasco was completely unnecessary  it was as if it were there, only to make Moo Kyul misunderstand.

 

  • Rating: 4/5, the drama is nice and has got a good dose of cuteness and laughter, but the ending kinda ruined it.
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I LOVE this scene, she so reminds me of myself. 😀

 

Rody reviews Kdramas / #6 “Heartstrings”

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I’ve been away for so long, forgive me 😦

In the time I’ve been away I’ve watched “Coffee Prince” ,”Playful Kiss” and “Nobuta Wo Produce” and I feel bad for not writing reviews for them till now, So after the review for Heartstrings, wait for them.

I just finished watching this cute drama, and I can say I’m so head over heels for Jung Yong Hwa, his acting skills are so improved seeing as this is his second main role! The drama to my dismay have been cut short due to Shin Hye’s accident at that time, when I knew this I knew why the ending seemed so rushed, I didn’t like it! Anyway as you know there will some spoilers and a picture spam, you’ve been warned. 😀

  • General info:

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Title: 넌 내게 반했어 / Neon Naege Banhaesseo (You’ve Fallen For Me)
English title: Heartstrings
Previously known as: 페스티벌 / Festival
Genre: Romance, Music, Comedy
Episodes: 15 (+ 1 special, which isn’t really a special just recap of the whole drama).

  • Synopsis:

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Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.

Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

  • Characters:

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Lee Shin (played by Jung Yong Hwa): is the cold, handsome, leader of “The Stupid” (what kind of name is that?) band and majoring in modern music. He has this crush on the dancing professor (which made me cringe), and his life changes when he meets Gyu Won, though it takes a bit too much time. He’s sweet to his family and those who he cares about only, just unlike other bullies in other dramas; he really doesn’t have a reason to be this mean. But when he falls in love with Gyu Won he turns into the most understanding and loving boyfriend ever. I was also moved by his brief encounter with his father. What I loved the most about him, is the slow development of him slowly falling in love with her, he didn’t wake up and suddenly decide to just love her.

 

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Lee Gyu Won (played by Park Shin Hye): the sweet, naïve and cute traditional music student and she play the Gayageum.  She focuses solely on traditional music because of her grandfather, till she gets the chance to truly discover her abilities in singing and dancing and decides to follow her own dreams. Lee Shin is her first love, and she falls for him while he likes the professor, and decided to stop liking him, until his cool confession. She is a hardworking heroine, who is shown at the beginning of the drama with no will of her own, until she starts controlling her own life.

 

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Kim Seok Hyun (played by Song Chang Ui): The Broadway famous director and the new director of the university performance, also the love interest of the professor Yun Su, and shows some interest in Gyu Won. At first he’s shown as Shin’s possible rival for Gyu Won’s heart, but he has his own troubles with Yun Su, as they parted about 12 years ago because of her decision to pursue her dreams. He’s almost fighting everyone in the university board to enable Gyu Won to take part in the performance, as he saw that she had talent. He’s clumsy and cute, but that definitely got to be the weirdest proposal ever, he’s the nervous one here!

 

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Jung Yun Su (played by So Yi Hyun): The dancing professor and former ballerina, the beautiful Yun Su. She’s the one who Shin has a crush one, while she has her heart set on Seok Hyun whom she dumped 12 years ago to pursue her dreams of becoming a ballerina that later shattered due to an accident she had, she’s regretted it since then. I loved her later on, that I was kind of annoyed of the whole student-teacher thing, it seemed so weird.

 

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Friends and Family: Member of “The Stupid” and “The Wildflower” are some refreshing friends. Bo Un (Im Se Mi) is cute and quirky and loved the whole interfering whenever Gyu Won and Shin were having a moment. But the hero here amongst the friends should be Joon Hee (Kang Min Hyuk) the food lover, and the drummer, I wanted to hug him all the time, even though I still see that Hee Joo (Kim Yoon Hye) doesn’t deserve him even if she did some good in later episodes. I wanted to see more of Oh Won Bin, I loved him so much in FT Island, I’m sad I’m not seeing enough of him these days.

He's too cute! <3

He’s too cute! ❤

As for Family, Gyu Won’s family consists of her father and grandfather who are total opposites, that’s why they’re living apart. Her father supports Gyu Won in everything she does and encourages her to follow her own dreams, while the grandfather wants her to follow his footsteps in traditional music only. I got so annoyed at him sometimes, but he’s a nice grandfather in the end of the day.

Shin’s Family consists of his Mother, Half-sister, and his father who’s also a famous guitarist dies after their meeting for the first time. There’s this whole dilemma, where Gyu Won’s father used to be in love with Shin’s mother, fortunately it doesn’t take much of the plot.

  • Acting:

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The acting is pretty good, Yong Hwa improved so much from his first drama “You’re Beautiful”, though I felt that he was trying to imitate Geun Suk’s mean looks and attitude n that drama, but he’s so sweet. I didn’t notice that much changing in Shin Hye’s acting but she certainly improved in doing emotional scenes. The rest of the cast was well-built and had great chemistry, even the evil characters.

  • Is it funny?

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Almost all of Shin/Gyu Won scenes are funny, especially the slave parts, when he was starting to realize that he fell for her, and many more. Though it turns a bit dramatic towards the end, it has some good laughs.

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-jerking?
This scene is HILARIOUS! :D

This scene is HILARIOUS! 😀

Its sweet romantic not overly in love romantic, their love story is so sweet.  I just have a problem with the romantic acts, their two or three kisses seemed like a couple of first-grade kids kissing, I mean Hee Jo and Ki Yeong’s kiss at the performance had more passion, and they’re not even a couple.Not really tear-jerking, even the parting wasn’t tearful because I was really mad at how silly it was, but I won’t deny that I teared a bit seeing them cry. 😦

  • Soundtrack:

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That’s got to be the best thing about this drama, I mean the title song “You’ve Fallen For Me” sung by Yong Hwa himself is sole perfection, I loved this drama just because of it. The drama got some sweet songs too like, “The Day We Fell in Love” by Shin Hye, “Star” by Kang Min Hyuk, “Give Me a Smile’ by M Signal. Also the music (fusion ver.) for “Give Me a Smile” is perfect; the combination of traditional and modern music is just amazing. The usage of traditional music is very fresh; it gives a new aspect to it.

  • Hotness Level/Style:
These two are the best dressed in the drama.

These two are the best dressed in the drama.

One word for Hotness: Yong Hwa, and one word for Anti-Hotness: Shin Hye. I mean, except for a very few outfits, Shin Hye has the most unflattering and sometimes stupid girl outfits, I’ve ever seen in a drama, even Bo Un dresses better, which is a shame, Shin Hye is really pretty, they kept hiding that with awful outfits. Yong Hwa on the other hand, looks handsome wearing ANYTHING!

  • Moments to Remember:
Love. <3

Love. ❤

Their first kiss made me feel all fluttery; When Yong Hwa was singing “Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend”, AHHH, too much moments 🙂

I want couple bears like those too. <3

I want couple bears like those too. ❤

  • Did it end well?
The end. :(

The end. 😦

NOOO! Yes, they did end up together, but that’s not the point. The whole break-up fiasco wasn’t convincing or strong, and two episodes weren’t enough for that. I’m aware that the drama was supposed to have more episodes, but due to Shin Hye’s car accident it ended that way, but they could’ve stopped it till she was ok and then resumed with what was intended. It just didn’t satisfy me and my agony over their break-up, that they would get together after a year of separation with so less emotions.

  • Rating: 5/5, Though I didn’t love the ending, the whole story, music and Yong Hwa made up for it.

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“Itazura na Kiss” ~ Anima/Manga Review

I’m back~

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This time it’s not a drama review, but an anime & manga, for the un-finished manga and completed perfect anime “Itazura na Kiss”. Everyone would know it because it had two Thai adaptations, Japanese adaptation, Korean adaptation, and an anime adaption; it’s quite amazing, right?

“Itazura na Kiss” is a manga that was unfortunately unfinished because of the sudden death of the mangka, but her husband told the anime producers about the ending she had intended, s the ending in the anime is the ending that we never got to see in manga (RIP, great Kaoru Tada).

Of course I’ve read the manga and anime almost in one week (that’s how much excited I was), and it left me crying for more! Of course I intended to watch the Thai versions, but I’m not that into Thai so I’ll pass. And the Japanese version is so missing in details (it doesn’t even have the part when they get married!) and it’s too old, so I’ll pass too!

I guess I’ll watch the Korean version, Playful Kiss. But now let’s get with the preview~

  • Info:

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Name: Itazura na Kiss, Playful Kiss, イタズラなKiss, It Started With a Kiss, Teasing Kiss, Mischievous Kiss
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Comedy.
Mangka: Kaoru Tada
Date: 1990 – 1999
(Manga) Volumes: 23
(Anime) Episodes: 25
Adaptions: Japanese Adaption (1996), 2 Thai adaption (2005 & 2007), Anime (2008) and Korean adaption (2010).

  • Plot:

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In the romantic comedy story, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a hottie who is a genuis and good at sports, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquakeruins Kotoko’s family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad’s childhood friend…whose son is Naoki. Naoki eventually falls for Kotoko and starts to have romantic, protective feelings for her.

  • Characters:

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Kotoko Aihara: She’s your ordinary shoujo girl, a little stupid, clumsy, cute, lovable, and would do ANYTHING to make that guy hers. I love her and I love her determination, you’ve got to admit it’s hard to get rejected this number of times an still have hope. She’s been in love with Naoki Irie for three years before she finally gathered up her power to confess only to get rejected (one time after another). She seems like a person with no dreams or hopes except to be at Naoki’s side forever; she even decides to become a nurse for his sake. But as it turns out, she became one bloody good nurse, it’s like she’s meant for this job. She’s so sweet and clumsy but at times can be TOO naïve. But there’s this one thing I hate, WHY THE HELL DOES SHE STILL CALL HIM IRIE-KUN EVEN AFTER BEING MARRIED AND HAVING A CHILD? I can’t feel the relationship!

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Naoki Irie: the cold genius handsome hero, I’ve got to admit that he’s too handsome, that I’ve fell for him even though he’s not real! He’s the genius who keeps rejecting Kotoko time after another but as time passes starts to have feelings for her and ends up falling in love. Though he’s still somehow (a lot) cold even after their marriage he can be so darn sweet at times (like her birthday episode ❤ ). He ends up being a doctor and an actual human being, all thanks to Kotoko, who not only helped him to come up with a dream of his own but also to have some soul. Sadly we don’t see enough emotions coming out from this cold guy, just bursts of sweetness at times. I’d have loved to see him gradually changing because of Kotoko.

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The Family: possibly one of the best manga/anime families ever! Kotoko’s father, Shigeo, isn’t that influential but he can say some wise stuff, like the time he advised Naoki to be his “true self” around Kotoko. Irie family on the other hand is adorable. The Mother, Machiko, is the best mother-in-law any girl would ask for, she fell in love with Kotoko even before Naoki did, and she’s the live of the show! Yuuki, the younger brother, hates kotoko for being so stupid, but gradually loves her, as she helps him in countless occasions. Shigeo, his father, is a very chubby and lovable man, who finds it hard to accept his son’s decision to become a doctor and not succeed the company, but later on approves.

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The Friends: Kotoko’s got to be the heroine with the best (and bizarre) friends. Her friends from the start are, Satomi & Jinko, her besties and almost at the same mental level as her. They’ve witnessed her love story with Naoki and keep on pushing and helping her. Kinnosuke or Kin-Chan is Kotoko’s lover for so many years, which never had the chance to go to college so he ends working at her dad’s restaurant to be later on a great chef and opens his own restaurant. He’s rejected by Kotoko, but rest assured he’ll find himself a cute foreign wife, Chris. Chris was originally set to marry Naoki, as a business relation, but it doesn’t happen because of Naoki and her feelings, he loves Kotoko, and she loves Kinnosuke, THAT’S RIGHT! She even sees that he’s more handsome than Naoki, get an eyeglasses, woman.

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She meets a couple of good friends at college too, The Matsumoto sisters, Yuuko & Ayako, who at the start both fall for Naoki, but later on gets their love stories going. I really liked them, even though Yuuko at any times was pretty annoying. There’s Sudou Senpai, the Tennis meniac who is in love with Yuuko, they eventually get married because of the way he kept following her for 10 years, he could be Kotoko’s counterpart in following your crush till they finally give in.

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She met also some sweet characters at the nursing faculty, when she transferred there. Firstly her admirer who sparks the jealousy in Naoki for the first time, Keita Kamogari. He soon backs out after realizing how much she loves Naoki. And her three new besties, Tomoko, who looks like an angel but loves scary stuff. Marina, who’s studying nursing just to marry a doctor, and finally Motoki, who is a boy but prefers to act and be treated as a girl, (He’s way too girly that it’s scary). She met so many sweet characters but it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

  • Anima/Manga Differences:

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The manga is more detailed but of course it ended sooner than intended because of the unfortunate death of the manga-ka. But here are some differences.

–         The anime left behind some important arcs, like when Naoki started to live by himself for a while.

–          The fact that Chibi is their dog, they left out the whole “Kotoko is afraid of dogs” part.

–         Kotoko realizing her dream, in the manga being a nurse was only an option she thought of because of Naoki. But in the anime it’s the only that would enable her to follow naoki, sheesh.

–         Satomi & Jinko’s relationships are totally left out in the anime, so in the end we see a shot where they’re both happily married.

–         Many of the events at school were crammed or even deleted at the anime, but I’m not opposing, it wasn’t that important.

–         Many characters were left out in the anime, but again I’m not objecting.

  • Review:

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It’s a typical shoujo love story that goes AFTER the kiss and happy ending. It shows you the relationship. There are jealousy, many misunderstandings, ice to break between the couple, and a lifetime to understand each other, and a cute baby girl named Kotomi.

Also the romance scenes are too sweet, these photos I found mainly gathers the important lovey-dovey scenes (waaaaah :$):

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The music in the anime is really sweet and very suitable. And the artwork is cute and very very pretty, the manga drawing was so-so, because it’s an old manga maybe, but the story makes up for it. I have an objection, Naoki is so damn cold! Even after all these years~

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  • Rating: 5/5, because I was actually sleep-deprived for four days to finish this anime & manga, and I kept wanting more. But it ended the right ending, a happy loving family~

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Rody reviews kdramas / #5 “Secret Garden”

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I’m back with one of my favorite dramas ever, after watching it for the third, here I am writing a review.

Secret Garden is a mass collection of fantasy with drama with romance, it was released in 2010, though there are some shows with the same concept “switching bodies” no remakes or sequels have been made (sadly for me!)

  • General info:

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Title: Secret Garden
Also known as: 시크릿 가든
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 20

  • Synopsis:

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The drama tells the story of Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stunt woman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses, and Kim Joo Won, an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.

 

  • Characters:

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Gil Ra Im: The beautiful, independent and proud stuntwoman. She lost her firefighter dad when she was 17, and lost her mother earlier. She lives depending on herself and her work at the action school. She’s somehow very thick-headed at times but she’s the first heroine to really stand up for the evil rich mother (she only gave in once!), she’s really strong. I liked her, she has to be my favorite heroine of all. But she’s got that something, that though she’s suffering she won’t tell, and that resulted in many troubles already. I loved her to pieces, she can cute and all tomboy-ish too.

 

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Kim Joo Won: The blunt, rude, claustrophobic, and romantic CEO, he’s got to be the best guy ever, at first he’s this rude ruthless guy and then he turns into the sweetest guy ever (with the funniest reactions too!). I love how he and Ra Im have his “fate” between the two of them, they met once and 13 years later, they meet again to fall in love. He’s persistent, gives it his all, and once he’s in love you can’t shake him off (and he has the most evil mother of all, I hate her!).

 

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Choi Woo Young / Oska: The famous Hallyu star, and Joo Won’s cousin. He’s Ra Im’s idol and later on becomes her “fairy godmother”, he’s really sweet and at some point he really likes Ra Im, but he has his own love story. He’s funny, a little bit of a playboy (though in a cute way), and very caring. I certainly wish that all idols were like him.

 

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Yoon Seul: the director, Oska’s past girlfriend and his love interest, they broke up because of his behavior, at a time when all he cared about was his pride, but when they met again after years, their reconciliation made him reconsider his relations with people and her and she starts to change him to become a better person. She later directs his MV and helps with his album release. She actually starts off as a bitch that mistreats Ra Im, but as the show goes on she becomes really sweet (she dresses the best too!).

 

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Im Jong Soo / The Director: The Action school director and a father figure to Ra Im, though he has an unrequited love for her, that Joo Won notices. He’s very protective of her and disapproves of her choice in working as a stuntwoman but he understands that Action is her everything. He has his funny moments (when he’s drunk 😀 )

 

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Im Ah Young & Secratery Kim: my second favorite couple after Joo Won and Ra Im, they’re too sweet! Secratery Kim is the goofball who is head over heels for Sweet, cute over-confident Ah Young, they acted so well that I was really rooting for them in the end.

  • Acting:
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The confrontation

It was really apparent that Hyun Bin & Ha Ji Won were really comfortable with each other, as there weren’t any awkwardness in their scenes (which I loved). Hyun Bin is amazing, at the start you could hate how he’s such a cold guy, and in the end he’s CRYING for Ra Im and you end up crying with him, and the way he acted Claustrophobia in the elevator was magnificent. He’s AMAZING. Ji Won is an amazing actress, no wonder she’s one of the top actresses in Korea, she could be sweet, romantic, and tough. For me, the new discoveries were Sang Hyun & In Na, this was my first watching their acting and they did great job. Also Lee Philip was amazing as a director suffering from unrequited love; I felt so sorry for him.

  • Is it funny?
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This is NOT what it seems 😀

All of the switching bodies’ episodes were extremely hilarious! It was fun watching Ra Im act all manly, while Joo Won gets to be so polite. Also Secretary Kim & Oska are two funny guys. Joo Won also was so funny especially at the beginning, when he didn’t understand why he kept thinking of Ra Im (and his little tongue-twister).

 

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-Jerking?
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Very Romantic, Joo Won is really a prince, even when he lose his memories he still get to be sweet to Ra Im in his own way, their love is invincible. As for the tears, prepare yourself for a big dose of crying in the later episodes, Heartaches warning.

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  • Soundtrack:

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The background music for starters is so sweet, not to mention the songs are incredible. Some of the best tracks are “That Woman” by Baek Ji Young, “You’re My Spring” by Sung Si Kyung, “Reason” by 4MEN … You know what? The whole soundtrack is magnificent!! It’s a must listen, you shouldn’t miss a soundtrack as amazing as this one!

  • Hotness Level / Style:

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For hotness I can say that Hyun Bin is sure one sweet eye candy, also Lee Jong Suk who played the pretty boy with attitude problems, Han Tae Ssun. As for style I can say the same except for one thing, Hyun Bin’s tracksuits, they’re too flashy and not stylish AT ALL. On the other hand he looks the hottest in suits and his style is really amazing. Ji Won wears some comfy clothes, but In Na got some cute outfits. The prize for best style goes to Kim Sa Rang for her luxurious outfits. Also Sang Hyun was dressed like a typical Hallyu star which is a good thing.

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Super flashy tracksuits 😀

  • Moments to Remember:
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Cappuccino Kiss~

Too much moments to remember (a slideshow of some of them), also I’ll leave you with a photo spam to prove it.

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  • Did it end well?

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The ending was sweet, Joo Won and Ra Im got married, had three adorable babies. But they never had a wedding because of his mother disapproval (I would’ve liked it if they just ignored her, I would’ve loved to see a wedding scene!). It ended happily for everyone too, even the director. It’s also sweet to show how they’re “destined to be together” , as they met 13 after their first meeting at Ra I’ms father funeral.

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13 years ago~ “Aww”

 

  • Rating: 5/5, it’s a perfect drama, and the twists of fantasy and body switching added more comedy and humor. It’s totally recommended.  

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Rody Reviews kdramas / #4 “Personal Taste”

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I’m Back~

Although I originally intended to watch a Japanese drama this time, I just couldn’t resist when someone recommended “Personal Taste” for me, and the fact that Lee Min Ho was the lead man made me change my mind! (I’m officially having dreams of him as my boyfriend!)

It’s actually based on a novel with the same name by “Lee Se-in”. It’s really sweet & funny, although the beginning is somehow dull, it starts to get more interesting as the show goes on (though, too much drama!).

   Remember, spoilers and photo spam is ahead!

  • General info:

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Title: 개인의 취향 / Kaeinui Chwihyang
Also known as: Kae In’s Taste / Personal Taste
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 16

  • Synopsis:

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Jeon Jin Ho is a straight guy who pretends to be gay in order to become Park Kae In’s roommate. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out women’s feelings. Kae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn’t stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Kae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her? 

 

  • Characters:

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Park Gae In: She’s the clueless helpless furniture designer, who forgives and falls in love too easily. She’s the daughter of a famous architect who built the (Sanggojae) which is a major factor throughout the drama. At the beginning she seemed too pathetic, too clingy and too helpless. But as the drama goes on, her character starts getting better. She’s in love with her boyfriend Chang Ryul, who only sees her as a girl since she refused to sleep with him, and breaks up with her, the next day he’s marrying her best friend (EX best friend!), that causes her life to change. I hated her at first, I mean nobody is THIS pathetic! But I started feeling sorry for her and her character started getting better, and she’s actually funny and cute when she smiles!

 

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Jeon Jin Ho: The strict yet soft architect, he starts off as a poker-faced guy who doesn’t really care about anybody’s feelings to a totally different person. Due to some circumstances Gae In & her friend think that he’s gay, and that turns to be in his favor when he tries to rent a room at Sanggojae, for reasons he didn’t tell Gae In about. After fooling her for being gay, they started becoming closer, being friends and eventually fall in love. HE’S THE SWEETEST GUY EVER! And later on would prove to be the most perfect boyfriend ❤

 

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Kim In Hee: The devil witch! She’s been friends with Gae In for 10 years, always envying her and trying to steal all that was hers, until she stole Gae In’s boyfriend and were about to get married, until the marriage was called off. Through the whole series she tries to sabotage Gae In’s life and her relationship with Jin Ho, she’s such a b**ch; I don’t think I’ve ever hated anyone like this through my whole life!

 

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Han Chang Ryul: He starts off as Gae In’s idiot selfish boyfriend who breaks up with her to marry her friend, then as the drama goes on he actually starts loving her, till he in the end becomes somehow a decent guy who lets her have her happy life with Jin Ho. I actually hated him for one reason, messing with my Jin Ho and HIS FATHER! His father has to be on the top of “Evil Parents in Dramas” list (He and his annoying laugh).

 

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Lee Young Sun: The sweet mother and photographer Gae In have as a friend. I loved her lot, what I hated the most was the fact that she was a mother, why couldn’t she be single and let her end happily with Sang Joon, They’re adorable together.

 

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I just kept hitting repeat whenever he’s saying this. HILARIOUS!

No Sang Joon: Jin Ho’s friend and mainly the source of all troubles (and laughs). He’s hilarious and his act as a gay guy is really the best, he’s got some precious moments! I just LOVE HIM! I just wished that he and In Hee wouldn’t have ended up together; nobody deserves to be with this HER!

 

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Choi Do Bin (Director Choi): The sweetest character of them all, he’s so understanding, sweet, cute (whenever he gets embarrassed around Jin Ho or tells a bad joke). Oh, did I forget to mention that he’s gay and will think that Jin Ho is gay too and would have a crush on him? YIKES. But later on, he’s the most understanding one about Gae In and Jin Ho’s relationship and keeps helping them (especially when he gave her the two tickets for ice rink and ripped the third one to let them be together and work things out, SWEET ❤ )

 

  • Acting:

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The main couple was sweet and had so much charisma going, despite the age difference. Lee Min Ho was the main reason I originally started this and he manages to pull off the role, he’s sweet yet cold (and not to mention his kisses, I was disappointed with silly kisses from Boys Over Flowers). Son Ye Jin at first didn’t really appeal to me, I thought she was too annoying but she grew on me (despite at times I wanted her to be not that clueless) but her acting is cute too! Sun Hwa as Jin Ho’s friend was superb, also Seung Ryong as director Choi was totally unexpected and blew me off. Ji Hye really managed to pull that wicked witch part really good! Overall, though the beginning was kinda slow, they managed to keep me attached till the end.

 

  • Is it funny?
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Girl acting as a guy, and a guy acting as if he’s gay, what’s not funny?! 😀

YES! Especially Jin Ho and Gae In’s relationship at first and the whole gay thing! Also Sang Joon’s ability to break the tension with something really funny and totally unexpected (The Elevator scene here, PRICELESS) . (What I really loved is that I felt Min Ho and Ye Jin to have this charisma, they’re not awkwrd so they were able to joke around really good!)  

 

  • Is it Romantic/Tear-jerking?
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Some Romance, just for you 😉

Jin Ho & Gae In’s development is sweet, a lot of drama, jealousy, kisses and “Awww” moments. (Here for the Kisses in the drama <3). Jin Ho is amazingly sweet, like when he goes out to buy her pads, or when he’s helping her get over the cramps, or the way he looks at her. Romance is the word for this drama.

 

  • Soundtrack:

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The music in this drama is so addicting, and they’re all on my favorite playlist. “You’re My Wings” & “Dropping Rain” by Kim Tae Woo, “My Heart is Moved” by SeeYa, “Can’t Believe It” by Younha, “Creating Love” by 4minute, and “Like a Fool” by 2AM. You can see these are major idols, and their songs are perfect!

 

  • Hotness Level / Style:

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As much as I hate to admit it, I liked In Hee’s style & clothes, also Gae In’s style in later episodes and I hated the pants and Gae In’s style in the first episodes. For style & hotness, the key word is: LEE MIN HO! ❤

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Sexyyy!

  • Moments to Remember:

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I think I would remember all of the moments they spent together, especially as a couple, Gae In & Jin Ho are just too cute. The proposal was cute & funny. Not to mention Sang Joon moments, and him calling Young Sun “Unnie”! 😀

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The sweetest proposal EVER!

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My heart was beating too fast here!

  • Did it end well?
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MATCHING CLOTHES! ❤

The ending was sweet (though I wanted a wedding scene) but I liked how they showed us how it ended well for everyone (maybe not everyone, Director Choi is probably sad). But the last scene with Gae In & Jin Ho looking at the sky from Sanggojae was really heartwarming (though I don’t mind a special episode or anything like that!)

 

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  • Rating: 5/5, though I thought of giving it 4 only, because of the beginning and its slow pace, but Anything with Lee Min Ho in it shouldn’t get less than 5! (it’s clear that I’m way too biased!) 

Next, I’m right now re-watching “Secret Garden” to write my review on it, wait for it! 🙂