Surplus Princess

Surplus Princess (2014)

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Ha Ni is a mermaid princess in the underwater empire, but she falls in love with Shi Kyung, and for him she becomes a human being and begins to live at the In Gyeo House. The house is for people who are preparing to land their first jobs. To permanently become a human being, Ha Ni must make Shi Kyung love her within 100 days.

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    The Mermaid; Mermaid Princess; Ingyeogongju; InGyeGgongJu; The Idle Mermaid;

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Oct 11, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
If this show had not been drastically cut by six episodes I am fairly certain that I'd be giving it a higher rating. I'm still giving it a fair rating because of the potential it had to be great. This show was cute, funny and silly (which I enjoyed). The acting and story were all good and yet it did not receive high ratings and ended up getting cut early. What makes read more the cut even worse then your typical cut is that 8 out of the supposed to be 16 episodes had already aired when it was announced that the series would be ending in 10 episodes instead. Thus, leaving the wirters with just two episodes to wrap everything up. The show was going so great and then all of a sudden you are hit with a rush job that did not do the show justice and frankly ended in a bit of confusing matter. The show is still very watchable though and I really enjoyed it minus the last two rush episodes.
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Oct 11, 2014
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Surplus Princess was a drama with great potential.

And don't get me wrong. It delivered in all 9 of the 10 episodes. My only concern was the last episode.

In terms of story, it was a brilliant idea. A mermaid who has a crush on a human she pretty much knows nothing about, solely because he has nice assets. All puns intended. It had infinite potential and the comedy was fantastic. The read more lead character was bubbly and took nothing from anyone: If someone said something mean to her, she bit them right back! It was quite refreshing to watch; She was also more perverted than most characters tend to be, there were several moments when I was gasping from the things she was doing/saying/thinking. Fantastic! If I had to be picky, I'd say she made a couple of dumb decisions every now and then, but that's to be expected. If she was perfect, there'd be no plot.
The rest of the characters were great too, the girl best friend is a wonderful actress and added even more flavor to the drama, along with the funny and quirky ways of the other characters. So. Much. Potential. I'm still sad.

The acting was great, the humor was great! It did not lack in that department in the least bit! The music was also cute, very upbeat and adorable, suited the feel of the drama.

Honestly, I would probably rewatch 3/4ths of the drama again, with friends. It was so funny, and I would love to see their reactions to the outrageous and perverted humor the lead character has.

My only issue is that this drama was cut due to low rating in Korea (even though it had high ratings abroad). Because of this, we lost 4 episodes of development! 4! Which means the ending was rushed and nonsensical, which is typical of dramas that get cut. It's just so sad because this drama had such great potential. This actually reminds me of what happened to Nail Shop Paris. Oh gosh. It just struck me. IT'S THE CURSE OF SONG JAE RIM! Hahaha!

Anywhoo, still, I would recommend it to friends for the humor and wonderful acting. Go ahead and watch it, it's only 10 episodes anyways, unsatisfactory ending or not!
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Also about a mermaid falling in love with a human. Also a cute cast, beautiful, funny (and a bit sad) story + it's short but enough to fill you with good emotions.

*There are some similarities in the 1st episodes (the mall, the food...), perhaps there will be some more till the end of Legend of the blue sea.
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Both dramas are really different because one is comedy and the other is melodrama but the stories are similar.
Both lead characters fight for their life and have a mission.
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    naccu Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    Can we change the name back to Surplus Princess? Why was it changed? Huh? Wae?

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    Ruyi Jan 27, 2017 - edited
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      StephStephieTeff 18 days ago

      I doubt that because the episode count was cut due to low ratings in Korea.

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      Ruyi 17 days ago

      T_T Nothing to say..just...T_T.....

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    Ruyi Jan 27, 2017

    it feels like most of the OSTs were played in episode 10... and they rushed too much! They should have 16 episodes like the other kdramas and then it would probably have a higher rating! But it was a enjoyable drama~ I loved all the characters and couples! Especially HyeYoung and Big~

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    Chuu Jan 3, 2017 - edited
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    Dia Nov 28, 2016

    The best thing in this drama was that GD's Crooked parody

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    Dia Nov 28, 2016

    Buahahahahaha!! I was waiting a melodrama with lot of crying for me. It turned to be exactly the opposite! #disappointing ending.

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    Bleng Oct 31, 2016 - edited

    Are they still dating? Haha

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    Jia Sep 6, 2016 - edited

    Currently at episode 2 and I think it would be okay but the comedy was totally too much. It got better starting from episode 4 imo though

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    Cakeu Jul 26, 2016

    i wish they didn't cut it :(( if they didn't i'd probably make it one of my fav dramas

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    always7989 Jul 24, 2016

    I was watching my ship sink... Well I blame the show for making me jump on the wrong ship anyway

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    kranju Jul 17, 2016

    I don't mind the ending, its a happy ending after all :) I enjoyed watching this drama, a very good romcom.

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    ooooooooooo Jul 2, 2016 - edited

    season 2 ????????????????????????????/

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    dramaholic_piglet Jun 17, 2016

    Oh rain drop .. oh rain drop.. sarangi cham mojaraguna.. oh rain drop oh rain drop.. sarangeun jeo bitbangulcheoreom. ~~~~ Lalala lalala. I was singing during that raindrop scene. . .i didn't expect to hear a favorite song by IU.

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    AnicsiRoscoe May 17, 2016 - edited

    I really, really enjoyed this little drama! If you're unsure about whether to watch it because people keep saying bad things about the ending: Watch it, but just with two things in mind.
    1. Don't ship the wrong couple. It's really hard to guess who's the leading man in this drama. I did spoiler myself for the ending, so I was prepared from the start, but I guess I might have shipped her with the other guy if I hadn't known. On the other hand: This is one of the VERY few dramas where I whole heartedly loved both leading men. I would have been happy for her to end up with either of them, and all the romance scenes made me smile, no matter what the pairing was.
    2. This drama has a very rushed last episode, because it was originally supposed to have more episodes. I think it's a shame, and it did feel very sudden, but I still loved episodes 1-9 and thought it was so refreshing, so I would still recommend it to everyone looking for a fun and happy romance and slice-of life drama! For a rom-com, thankfully there are no evil in-laws or parents, the friendships between the guys and girls are heartwearming and it can definitely lift you up when you're despairing in your career choices. I really wonder why it had such a bad rating in Korea, because I think it was really well done.
    Of course there are some shortcomings, especially the ending and some other minor things, but it's a lovely drama.

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      Ari May 17, 2016

      can you spoil the couple for me >_>
      I really wanted to watch this a long time ago but stopped myself because of the bad comments v.v

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      AnicsiRoscoe May 18, 2016
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    kkaebsong May 4, 2016 - edited

    I really hope they make a season 2


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    South Korea
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    Aug 7, 2014 to Oct 9, 2014
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    45 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 6,151 users)
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