I’ve become quite obsessed with kdramas lately but I don’t post that much about them, so if you wonder which ones I’ve seen and what I’ve thought of them, here’s the list (in chronological order):
Boys Over Flowers: However cheesy or ridiculous this dramas is I think I’ll always love it just because it’s the first one I watched. The plot is rather nice but too facepalm-worthy at times. It would have been much better imo if it was 16-20 episodes long. The dramas would have also benefited from a different cast. While I liked some performances, a lot of them were unsatisfying, specially Koo Hye Sun’s and Kim Hyun Joong’s.
Full House: Loved it. After Boys over Flowers Song Hye Kyo’s character and performance was like a breath of fresh air. Hye Kyo and Rain had pretty good chemistry and the plot was cute/interesting overall.
Coffee Prince: FAVORITE! I cannot stress enough how much i loved this drama. THAT CAST (CAN WE JUST AGREE THAT GONG YOO IS THE BEST?)! THAT STORY! THAT VISUAL EYECANDY (SO MUCH LANDSCAPE!PORN)! The secondary srotylines might have been better but by and large I enjoyed this drama A LOT.
City Hunter: Another favorite of mine. I really liked all the action stuff. At first I was very ‘meh’ about the revenge/politics plot but by the 5th episode I was hooked. But what i loved the most about this drama is that they made Kim Na Na a badass (although i wished they would give her more ass-kicking scenes because the episodes where Na Na and Yoon Sung worked together were my favorite).
Personal Preference: I started it pretty much because of Min Ho but ended but liking it quite a lot. Speaking of Min Ho, it was probably my favorite performance of his. Also, one of the things I really liked about this drama is the theme of female friendship and more specifically Kae In/Young Sun friendship.
A Love To Kill: MY EMOTIONS! MY EMOTIONS! That’s it. That’s all I can say about this drama. *sob*
The World That They Live In: If you’re looking for a more mature kdrama - that’s the one. Minimum ‘drama’, great performances, three-dimensional characters + insight into the backstage of kdramas-making process. The plot can be kind of slow at times but rather rewarding if you pay attention.
Goong: Overrated tbh. I tried to like it but there were just too many things things that annoyed me (specially all the inside-the-palace stuff, it made my blood boil.
Sungkyunkwan Scandal: At first I was reluctant to watch it because it’s historical, but surprisingly really enjoyed it. The only drawback: i’m usually all about the canon/endgame couple but that was the first drama where I desperately wanted the lead female/secondary male couple to be endgame and even though I realized that they have no chance, it still pained me to see them not become canon.
Dream High: Another nice surprise. I was putting it off for quite some time because I thought it would be too much like Glee/too full of teenage angst but I was happy to see it prove me wrong. Also, for the longest time I thought my otp wasn’t going to be endgame and the moment I realized they were I was like ‘ASDFGH;KKHGDGF’.
Hello My Teacher: SO GOOD ON SO MANY LEVELS! The storytelling! The acting! The students! THE SHIP! So many feels! It’s seriously one of the most well-written and well-acted dramas I’ve seen. Proof: I almost never had the urge to fast-forward some scenes. That’s saying a lot.
The Moon That Embraces The Sun: Really really good. Normally I don’t like historical/royal dramas but this one was very well done. Very interesting plot with quite a few twists, clever main characters and not-completely-one-dimensional supporting characters/villains.
Rooftop Prince: This was the first kdarama that I watched while it was on, instead of marathoning, I don’t know whether it influenced my opinion or not, but I definitely enjoyed this drama, despite all its flaws. The plot was interesting and entertaining enough to make me really look forward to new episodes each week, the actors all did a really good job, specially the king’d ~entourage (also, I was pleasantly surprised by Yoochun, I wasn’t his biggest fan after Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but this drama has convinced me that he can actually act) and the ending was surprisingly satisfying (the same can’t be said about many, if not most, kdramas) and heartbreaking at the same time (gave me Doctor x Rose flashbacks).
The Greatest Love: Dropped. I don’t even know what to say, i tried to get into it and even watched almost half of it but it just didn’t make me care for the characters or the plot.
My Name is Kim Sam-Soon: I can see why it was so popular but, while i did finish it and even enjoyed it from time to time, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know exactly why, but probably due to the fact that the leading characters mostly caused negative emotions in me. They were kind of cute in the beginning but as the show went on I caught myself caring more about secondary characters and their relationships.
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho: Cute/funny/heartbreaking in all the right places.
Secret Garden: Unnecessary body-swap plot is unnecessary, too long for it’s own good, but all in all enjoyable.
I Need Romance: I didn’t like the main heroine’s storyline and the whole triangle thing (and specially the ending), but I really enjoyed the female friendship and Seo Yeon’s character, if it wasn’t for her I might have dropped this drama somewhere around the middle or even earlier when In Young started becoming really annoying.
Lie To Me: Meh.
Big: GONG YOO! That about sums it up.
I Do, I Do: Very good.
Playful Kiss: Dropped. That was just painful. Specially the acting, and the complete lack of chemistry between the leads. Probably should’ve just watched the Taiwanese version.
I Need Romance 2012: Soooo much better than the first season, at least as far as the main story line goes.
Bridal Mask: ASDFGHJKL;KJHGFDS!!!
Queen In Hyun’s Man
To The Beautiful You: I haven’t seen any of the previous adaptations so I’m quite enjoying this one.
Nice Guy/Innocent Man
Arang and the Magistrate