Drama Review: Second To Last Love

Warning: spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.

Ah, love. It’s good to be in love. That’s how Second To Last Love will leave an impression on you after you’ve finished this drama.

It tells the story of two 46 year olds named Go Sang Sik (Ji Jin Hee), a public official, and Kang Min Joo (Kim Hee Ae), a drama producer. They become involved with each other and feelings grow.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure about starting this one because this kind of drama isn’t my thing. I watched it solely for the purpose of seeing another Kim Seul Gi drama and because why not give it a try, right? So I did. And it’s a choice I don’t regret one bit.

I loved how the story didn’t only involve the main characters’ love story development but a lot of different couples were involved and all kinds of love was explored and it was honestly very heartwarming to see that unfold.

From Go Sang Sik and Kang Min Joo’s mature romance to Park Joon Woo (Kwak Si Yang) and Go Mi Rye’s (Kim Seul Gi) blossoming romance. It also showed family and marital love through married couple Go Sang Hee and Park Cheon Soo and a love between the not-so-young Dok Go Bong and Na Choon Woo who are both learning to love again.

It was fun to see and watch their own mini dramas unfold and because of that, the drama didn’t run out of stories to tell.

I also have to mention how beautiful the cast looks. I mean, look at them! They’re visuals are off the top and each one of them has a charm they give their characters that helps them in their portayal and the fact that each character was so relatable it’s uncanny.

I would definitely recommend this drama to you guys. If you decide to watch this for one actor or one couple, I swear you’d stay for everyone else in the drama. That’s how it was for me, at least.

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Drama Review: Chicago Typewriter

Warning: spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.

Chicago Typewriter tells the story of the present and past lives of three people: Han Se Joo/Seo Hwi Young (Yoo Ah In), Jeon Seol/Ryoo Soo Hyun (Im Soo Jung), and Yoo Jin Oh/Shin Yool (Go Kyung Pyo).

First off, I can’t go on with this review without having to applaud the team behind this drama, especially the writing team. This was one of the well-written dramas I’ve ever watched. It may seem exaggerated, but believe me, it’s true. It’s amazing how the whole concept was thought of to bring this drama together.

The transition between the characters’ past and present lives and how they were connected to each other was amazingly done I had to keep my hand on my chest for most of the time to control my emotions.

The drama basically revolved our three main people, so I’ll talk about them and how their characters made me feel.

First, let me talk about the three of them as one. Better known together as the Kyungsung Trio, these three gave me all the right feels, right to my heart. Whether it be their ill-fated past lives together or their humorous present lives together, they scream squad goals and keep you wishing for more of their can’t-be-missed friendship.

Ah, Yoo Ah In. As expected, he didn’t let me down with his performance in this 2017 drama. He seemed effortless portraying an arrogant but genius writer, a character that seemed familiar and whom I have missed from his film Like for Likes. His character seemed so real it hurts. He’s such an amazing actor, it hurts.

With Im Soo Jung’s character, I didn’t and don’t know what to do. Do I love her or despise her? Tough call these days. One minute, I love her and all the things she experiences because the girl is basically fangirl goals and everything a fangirl dreams of happened to her. Then I hate having to deal with her for some moments on the drama.

For the record, I loved her for most of it, but there were just moments when she appeared to be too much for me to handle.

I, of course, saved the best of the three for last. Can I just talk about how he looked so precious for most of the drama and how he looked like a puppy who needs to be cared for? This is the perfect time for that kdrama phrase came for blah, stayed for blah. You could say that his a main reason to finish this drama. I came for Yoo Ah In but defintely stayed for Go Kyung Pyo, his character to be more precise.

Chicago Typewriter was honestly one of the best dramas I’ve seen. It keeps you on your toes wanting for more, makes you laugh for a good amount of time. Will I recommend this drama? Yes. of course! It’s honestly one of the best written dramas I’ve watched and I couldn’t afford someone like you to miss it.

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Drama Review: Healer

Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.

After such a long time being on my to-watch list and after my friend’s recommendation on more than one occasion, I finally got up, watched, and finished Healer.

Healer tells the story of three people, Healer/Park Bong Soo/Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook), Chae Young Shin/Oh Ji An (Park Min Young), and Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Jo Tae) as they try to uncover the truth behind an incident that happened in 1992.

I loved dramas like this one, yes. I loved the action and all the twists this drama gave me, yes. Was I satisfied? Honestly, yes and no. It took me more than two weeks to finish this one. Usually, it takes me three days, two days if I’m really into the drama. But somehow, with this, I just wasn’t feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, I somehow loved it. This drama had its strong points here and there, but it just was not consistent.

Basically, here’s what I loved and not so loved about Healer.

The cast ugh. I felt like every character and actor playing his/her role was perfect. From the lead characters to the villains and bad guys on the other side, every single one has their own charm that made the character solely theirs. I’d also like to commend the young versions of the five friends because damn. I loved them all and I wish the drama could’ve dealt with them more than they did. While I’m talking about the actor choices here, I can’t just leave out the main man, Healer himself, Ji Chang Wook.

How can he do that? Seriously, how? This is the first Ji Chang Wook drama I’ve watched and he surprised me. I honestly didn’t know he was this great of an actor. He showed so many faces and personalities in one drama alone and I was stunned by his acting skills. He goes from being the cool and independent night courier to the timid and scaredy-cat newbie reporter in a matter of seconds and I just can’t help but applaud him.

Though I think the casting choices were near perfect, somehow, the Young Shin-Jung Hoo couple didn’t have much of an appeal to me. Of course this couple had their moments here and there but it just wasn’t enough for me to totally ship them. Both did amazing jobs at their characters but somehow their chemistry was just off.

Another thing I really loved about this drama was the storyline of these five friends who used to broadcast pirate radio in the ’80s. I wished and still wish that there would be a drama that revolves around these five friends and their lives as journalists. And how the past was connected to the three main characters’ lives was just brilliant. I loved that aspect of the drama so much it hurts. Though I loved this part of the drama’s plot, there was one thing I thought was a downfall.

I felt like the drama was too dragging, especially in the earlier episodes. I don’t think there was too much going on and this caused me to delay finishing this one. For an action drama, which I love, it lacked that keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat factor. This only came around towards the last episodes. It didn’t really keep me on my toes and wanting for more, causing me to delay watching the next one episode. It was honestly too dragging and just had a couple moments of that it factor.

I didn’t love this drama as much as I expected myself to, especially with my friend’s strong recommendation on many occasions. It had its strong points too, of course, but it just kind of left me feeling like meh.

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Drama Review: Oh My Ghostess

Warning: spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

Oh My Ghostess tells the story of a timid and shy assistant cook (Park Bo Young), her overly-confident boss (Jo Jong Suk), a virgin ghost with a grudge (Kim Seul Gi), and a policeman that just might not be what he seems (Lim Ju Hwan). It has the perfect amount of romance, comedy, and mystery to just keep you on your toes.

It made me laugh and cry. It made my head spin trying to grasp every mystery there is in this drama. It made my heart flutter from all those sweet and tear-jerking moments.

I don’t know where to start with this couple. I literally don’t. I absolutely love everything about them. The push and pull, the fights, the childish but oh so cute moments, all the clich├Ęs ghad. There was no second lead (and in my opinion the drama did not need in any way), a little bit of female lead which didn’t even last, and it was perfect. The way their characters and relationship developed was heartwarming. And have I mentioned? They make my heart flutter in every possible way.

Let me just get it out there. Lim Ju Hwan aka the cop I can’t decide whether to love or to hate and the ending didn’t help either did an amazing job portraying his character, Officer Choi Sung Jae. One minute I want to wrap him in my arms and protect him from all his pain then the next minute I just want to push him off of a cliff. I just don’t know what to expect from him and how to settle my feelings about him. And the ending didn’t help either (if you’ve seen it, you’d understand). Do I love him? Do I hate him? Do I still believe and hold on to the little humanity left in him? I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Another gem of an actor from this drama was Kim Seul Gi. She did an amazing job at portraying a ghost whose grudge stops her from ascending to heaven. My heart laughs, cries, and just sympathizes with Shin Soon Ae and her poor, tragic fate. I laughed and cried with her, which I believe is not an easy task for an actor. She honestly deserves better and Kim Seul Gi made sure I felt that. She’s probably my favorite character (together with Officer Choi of course). They both deserved better than what they got. And both actors, in my humble opinion, deserve more leading roles in the near future.

Whether they’re inside the kitchen or out drinking, there was never a dull moment when these guys appear before you. They’re pretty much in charge of the comedy side of the drama. Were they able to do a good job? Of course they did. Each guy was funny and charming in his own right. If Sun Restaurant does exist around me and it has these funny guys as its employees, they better expect me to eat every meal at their place.

I couldn’t ask for a better and much suited ensemble that what the drama has blessed me with. Everyone has given the drama something I don’t think any other actor could give. They were all perfect for the role they took on and I applaud the team behind this drama for a job well done on casting. From the main actors to all the supporting actors, I think they all did a splendid job. No reason and no room at all for hate.

If you want a feel good drama that has the perfect amount of funny, tear-jerking, heart fluttering, and keep-you-on-the-edge of your seat moments, then Oh My Ghostess is perfect for you. I started my summer with this drama and I’m off to a good start.

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Drama Review: Goblin

Major spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk!

If you’re looking for a drama that centers around fantasy, magic, and a decent amount of funny, then Goblin will quench your thirst.

I was honestly looking forward to this drama with all the reviews, amazing ratings, and love this drama has received. I can’t say I didn’t like it but I also can’t say that I was so hooked with this one. I don’t know if it was because I had so much going on with school and all or if it was because there wasn’t so much excitement with some scenes since I’ve seen too much spoilers online.

Nonetheless, I love how this drama couple made so much things theirs. They made me look at things in a different perspective – maple leaves, candles, rain, buckwheat flowers, to name a few I remember at this moment. I will honestly never look at those things the same way again. Yes, I loved this couple and all but not as much as I loved the second lead couple.

These two had such an amazing bromance and chemistry you can’t help but ache for their demise and history. Their friendship is something I looked forward to each episode, sometimes even more than the main couple. Their interactions and seeing them cope up in this day and age were more than enough to make my day.

I loved this couple. Their tragic destiny is what I lived for during my time watching this drama. And I love heartaches, for a reason I cannot put my finger on. Their history, their tragic ending in two of their lives, and their fresh start in their new lives, was everything I asked and wished for. Honestly, watching and learning about their new and reincarnated lives, made me want their own drama, with the same background and tragic history. I mean, right? Who’s with me?

I don’t why but as I was watching, I felt like the start or buildup of this drama was too dragging and not much was happening. I’m a plot-seeker when it comes to dramas I choose to watch. I crave for complicated plots and storylines. I want a lot of action and look for things that would keep on my toes. Yes, there were moments this drama had me on the edge of my seat but I felt like it wasn’t enough.

I loved this drama, not as much as I expected myself to love it but I do. There were moments that made this drama shined and I was obviously satisfied. And I absolutely loved the fantasy and the world this drama has created in my mind.

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Drama Review: Age of Youth

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Age of Youth is a drama that celebrates love and friendship between five girls – Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri), Kang Yi Na (Ryu Hwa Young), Jung Ye Eun (Han Seung Yeon), Song Ji Won (Park Eun Bin), and Yoo Eun Jae (Park Hye Soo). The drama focuses on the girls as they build their friendship and find their way through life, of course while enjoying and celebrating the years of their youth.

The friendship these five girls share is simply heartwarming. Their genuine love and concern for one another just makes my heart flutter. This drama excellently showed how there is no perfect friendship. No matter how close you are with the other, there will always be bumps along the way. And how these girls overcame those bumps and even grew closer made me cry for them. I especially loved the moments when they all get together to help one of the girls, joining forces and overcoming whatever it is that was thrown at them.

I loved how everyone has a story – a reason for them to act the way they do. In one way or another, you can definitely relate to one of them and see yourself in her. Each character were so well-written and so different from each other in terms of so many aspects it didn’t give me even an ounce of boredom.

This drama takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. You laugh and smile with the characters, you cry for them, and give you butterflies in your stomach all thanks to their amazing friendship.

I loved everything about this drama, except for the ending. Well, I didn’t actually not liked it. I just felt like it wasn’t enough. After learning about their lives, the ending just didn’t give justice to everything they went through as individuals and as friends. It left me with so many questions and have kept me wondering until now. This drama went to the list of dramas in need of a second season. But of course, we all know that in the KDrama world, such thing is impossible.

To put my mind and heart at ease, here’s what I settled with while on the bus earlier today, this drama simply wanted to tell its viewers that just because a drama ended, doesn’t mean its characters’ lives end. They continue on living their youthful years even after the drama and without the viewers watching them every minute of their lives. This is what I want to believe.

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Drama Review: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

A drama about life, romance, dreams, and working hard to achieve them, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo makes you itch to live your youthful years for a more worthwhile  life.

The amazing chemistry between Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) and Joon Jung Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) makes you fall in love with love. They make it seem like falling in love and being loved by the one you love is the best thing in the world. Normally, I would hate all the cheesy couple moments, but with them, I just don’t. I loved their scenes and I can’t remember a time when I felt like there were too much cheesy moments. They made me laugh, cry, and just made me fall in love with the idea of falling in love.

The unlikely friendship between these five people was too fun to watch. Yes, they were different in many aspects but they were brought together by some special force and I have to say that’s one great way to start a friendship. Consecutively watching two dramas about college life (Cheese in the Trap and now this) made me miss my college friends and wish to go back to school immediately (we’re on a school break right now lol).

One of the best things I loved about this drama was how I felt the emotions the show and the characters were trying to convey. Their emotions and feelings were so real I can’t help but feel it with them. I especially loved the characters’ crying and heartbreaking moments because it looked and felt so real and they made it look like they were not acting at all. The funny thing though, was how I found myself crying over moments when I least expect myself to shed tears. I would cry at the main couple’s confession of their love for each other or over Nan Hee crying because her best friends finally came back to school and she wouldn’t have to eat alone anymore.

From the characters and actors to the funny and romantic moments, I loved and enjoyed this drama. But one thing I could say I didn’t like about this was the lack of plot and bring-me-to-the-edge-of-my-seat storyline. As a sports drama, and actually a first for me in that genre, I expected more heated atmosphere and drama between athletes and competitors. And this drama didn’t exactly give me that. I was hoping for more thrilling and exciting moments since this is supposed to be a drama about sports, but unfortunately, I didn’t get that from this drama.

Other than the lack of sports drama atmosphere despite being a sports drama, I loved everything else this drama has to offer. If you want to watch a feel-good drama without the heavy storyline most dramas have and an ending that will leave a smile on your face instead of tears, then Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is definitely for you.

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Drama Review: Cheese in the Trap

Major spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.

If you’re looking for a feel-good romance drama with a plot that won’t bore you out and at the same time makes you hungry for more, then Cheese in the Trap is definitely for you. From the cast, the storyline, the feels, everything is perfect and makes you crave for more.

Ah, where do I even begin with this couple? I love this drama couple. I can’t help but love every moment between them. I mean, they’re just too shipable. Normally, I’m not too fond of dramas with too much sweetness and relationship moments, but this one? Sigh. I just can’t help loving them. Park Hae Jin’s smile really makes it difficult for me.

This drama, for me at least, has one of the best love triangles I’ve seen so far. You won’t just be able to choose between the two leads Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) and Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon). Normally I’m all for the second lead and feel bad for him towards the end of a drama but this one didn’t even give me the chance to decide whose side I was on. Am I Team Jung or Team In Ho? I simply don’t know.

I love the fact that they didn’t put all focus on the romance going on between the two characters Yoo Jung and Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun). The plot was not too light to bore the viewers but also not too heavy to take away the spotlight from the romance. Because there weren’t too many moments between the couple and didn’t make it too stuffy for the viewers, it makes it more exciting when they do have a moment in an episode. This makes viewers crave for more Jung-Seol action. This made me fall deeply in love with a drama couple, something that hasn’t happened in quite a while.

I loved the whole cast of this drama. Everyone was convincing of their roles and gave an all-out performance worthy of praise. I also loved how each character has his/her own story to tell. This drama just showed how every single one of us carries our own burden and that we shouldn’t look down on other people just because we think we have it harder than they do. If you look closely, you’ll realize how you can relate to at least one of them and learn a lot from that character, I know I did (hint: it’s Seol).

I also liked how this drama gave the characters an ending and didn’t just leave them hanging. Bo Ra and Eun Taek are still together, both working their way in their chosen careers and In Ho happily living out his dream with her now more sane sister, In Ha. The drama did a great job at that. But one thing I hated about it was how all the other characters were given a clean ending except for the two leads. I mean, what was that all about? I don’t really hate hate it but they left the viewers a too open-ended ending it makes me crazy. When I finished watching this drama I literally couldn’t believe that was it. I know, this is based off an on-going manhwa but a little happy ending wouldn’t hurt, right?

Sigh. That was all I had to say when I finished this drama. It made me laugh, made me cry, and gave too much feels a girl my age can handle. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions and I couldn’t ask for more. Except, of course, for a happy ending for the two leads.

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Drama Review: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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Okay, I literally just finished watching Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and I have no idea where to start. Okay, here goes.

This drama was just full of feels. It has been so long since I’ve watched a drama that has given me this much feels and it was a good thing I decided to watch this one. Whether it was romance, comedy, political drama, or just plain drama and heartache, this has it all.

The trace of confusion on Hae Soo’s (IU) face as she was transported back in time adds up to the drama’s comedy vibe, for the first few episodes at least. I liked how the drama didn’t start too heavy and gave off a few laughs before moving on to much heavier drama.

Oh, the drama. Whether be it political struggle and conspiracies, heartbreaking moments, or just plain tragedy that played off in the characters’ lives, I just loved it. It kept me on the edge of my seat after each episode, making me crave for more.

It has been so long since I’ve had a case of second male lead as bad as this one. Wook (Kang Ha Neul) was so sweet I was dying to see them have their happy ending. Seeing the 8th prince turn to the dark side and change from that sweet guy to that person greedy for power was too heartbreaking. I was left wishing he didn’t have to be pressured to change into that person so Soo could’ve ended up with him.

The side romances of this drama was just great you can’t help shipping the couples this drama throws at you. The fact that they all ended up in tragedy was too much for my little heart. Here’s what I’ve learned from watching period dramas: watch out for tragic deaths.

The friendship and bond between the princes was a sight to behold. The brotherly love they all share, despite all the fight for the throne, was heartwarming to watch. It was such a pity to see that love crumble into pieces as their greed for the crown eats them up.

Just like everybody else, I need a second season. I was just not satisfied with how Hae Soo came back to her time and So being left to feel loneliness like that. Second season in the present time? Yes please. Imagine how fun it would be to watch the princes cope up with life in the modern time, huh?

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Drama Review: Six Flying Dragons

Major spoilers ahead. You have been warned. Read at your own risk.

I just finished watching Six Flying Dragons and I have to say, it’s defintely a favorite when it comes Sageuk dramas. I love watching historical dramas – all the drama, governement conspiracies, and the never-ending twists – I crave for it. And this drama quenched my thirst for it.

With 50 episodes and a historical drama at that, I bet many are hesitant whether they should watch this drama or not. So I came up with a list of things I absolutely loved and you might want to look forward to if you ever decide to give this drama a try.

1. Mind-Blowing Turn of Events

One thing I really loved about this drama was how in 50 episodes, so much has happened and it seems like those 50 episodes were never enough. The characters dealt with so many things and with so many people trying stop them from realizing the great plan. Every twists will blow your mind, without a doubt. I don’t know how the team behind this drama did it, but kudos to them!

2. Action, Drama, Drama, and of course, Action

I absolutely love action. I don’t know why but I do. All the sword fights and wars in this drama are my favorite scenes. I especially love the times wherein they all come as one army (of course before Lee Bang Won, played by Yoo Ah In, was eaten by his desire for power) and fight alongside each other. Those moments always put me on the edge of my seat and just yell MY BABIES at people who are 10 or more years older than I am.

The drama, gosh. The drama and power struggle between characters was too entertaining to be missed. It wasn’t only the power struggle that gave this drama so much drama, but also the heartache you feel for the couples. The lack of romace in this one was so amazing that when their couples have these passing and heartbreaking moments, you can’t not ache for them. My heart especially ached for Ddang Sae/Lee Bang Ji (Byun Yo Han) and Yeon Hee (Jeong Yu Mi). Their childhood romance and the tragedy they both experienced is something you can’t just sit through without having your heartbreak.

3. Character Relationships

Another thing to look forward to when you decide to give this drama a try are the relationships built among the characters. The friendship their characters built throughout the drama is something you need to cry over. And of course, you need to get your tissues ready for moments when important people encounter death. My heart ached so muchfor the loss of so many people that I can’t help but ask how many more people must die???

4. Amaziiiiing Actors

I’ll be honest, this drama was on my to watch dramas list solely because of Yoo Ah In. I love him and his works and I’m not crazy enough to not watch a period drama wherein he was praised for his performance, and he absolutely did not disappoint and was able to live up for all the praises he gained for his performance in this drama.

This drama did not only made me fall in love with Yoo Ha In all over again, but it made me fall in love with Byun Yo Han and his amazing acting skills. I first saw him in the drama Ex-Girlfriend Club and I was awed at his acting skills by then. But this drama did a better job at that. The way he convey emotions is so amazing that you smile, laugh, and cry with him.

Yoon Kyun Sang was another actor who left me in awe of his performance. He perfectly portrayed a change in personality of a character. It was sad, honestly, to lose that funny and naive Moo Hyul when he came back from Ming, but nonetheless, he portrayed it amazingly.

The main characters weren’t the only ones who gave praise-worthy performances, even the minor and supporting characters did an amazing job you can’t help but wish a lead role for each one of them.

I never thought I could sit through a 50 episode drama and will be able to finish ot, but this drama made it all possible. Honestly, this was worthy of watching 50 episodes for.

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