Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade (2015)

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Set in a fantasy world where humans and vampires coexist, the latter have evolved and no longer rely on human blood as food. Still, they are feared and discriminated against by society, causing many of them to hide their true nature and live as "normal" citizens, or else become outcasts.
Baek Ma Ri is a socially withdrawn teenage girl hiding her vampire identity. Driven away from several neighborhoods, she is eager to read moresettle down in her new city and live quietly. But things change when she falls in love with Jung Jae Min, the most popular boy at her high school.

  • Native title:

    오렌지 마말레이드
  • Also Known as:

    Orenji Mamalleideu;

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Jul 27, 2015
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Honestly, I have a love-hate relationship with this drama. After every episode, I would crib about how much of time I've wasted and how I could've been watching something else, instead but come next week...I watched it again. With that in mind, I'll try to be as objective as possible in my review but take my moments of criticism with a pinch of salt.

Orange Marmalade has an interesting take on an read more amalgamation of cliches - you have high school romance, Joseon era romance, love triangles, love squares, vampires falling for humans and vice versa, accident-followed-by-amnesia - anything and everything cliched is here. And yet, it's got an impressive take on things. Issues like discrimination, friendship, acceptance and maturity show up frequently here.

As many have said before, the drama can be split into 3 parts: High School Part 1 (HS1), Joseon Era (JE) and High School Part 2 (HS2). I liked HS2 a lot more than HS1, because HS1 seemed more rushed to me than HS2, if that's even possible! JE was actually enjoyable to me, believe it or not. I liked watching it but more so because of the relationship between Jaemin and Shihoo. In the HS2 part, I have a certain weakness for Ara - maybe it's because I find her relatable? The HS parts, both 1 and 2 could have been developed more and tied in better with the JE section and we could have had more character development - mostly Shihoo and Ara!

Unfortunately, the show really takes hits here. I gave it a 6, because it's barely above average to me. Yeo Jingoo does well in his role, however his restraint comes through as bland, which is definitely a problem. Still, I think it was good and he did well. Unfortunately, Seolhyun was really weak in her role and it really takes much away from the drama when the lead is not on a good level. Her visuals were perfect but her acting left much to be desired.

Onto better things! Lee Jonghyun - what can you not do, seriously?? Even though I came in here as a Boice and expected to be biased, Jonghyun really did almost meet my expectations. He wasn't spectacular but he did well in portraying traits which I felt defined Shihoo - the delinquent bad boy brashness and aloofness which later translates to a reticence and maybe even awkwardness? Gil Eunhye is gorgeous as Ara and she really does justice to the role - ah, why do I like Ara so much...? I also enjoyed Park Guntae's character a lot - he kind of looks like BTOB's Lee Changsub to me? Or is it just me? Seriously, the supporting cast really made me watch on!

Cute but not memorable. The main song that Orange Marmalade performs sounds very much like an anime OST and honestly, I don't remember much else about the drama's music. Though, special mention to the flute piece that played in the JE part - I loved that!

Rewatch Value:
Once is enough for me.

While it wasn't utterly disappointing, it wasn't quite the best, either. The reason the rating went down was because of a lack of character development and partially due to weak acting. I think most of the epiosdes were hit-or-miss for me but with the last episode being a total hit - I'm glad I went through with it!
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Jul 31, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This is one show that breaks almost all my ground rules of kdrama watching. As a self proclaimed old fashioned romance junkie, I tend to stay away from dramas or stories based on vampire, fantasy, time travel or paranormal themes.

Orange Marmalade embodies all of the above and some.

So how did I end up watching Orange Marmalade and stuck with it through to the end? Because there was enough intrigue to read more this madness and it was sufficient to keep me tuned in each week.

I was fascinated by the boldness (or some may say craziness) of the production team to take on a challenge that is such a departure from the normal formula of kdrama success. It is supposedly an adaptation of a popular webtoon but it is nothing like its predecessor. It is but a myriad of cliche tropes, creatively brave screenwriting, mix in some non conventional programming, good looking casts, and there you go - Voila! Orange Marmalade!

At first I was intrigued by the mini teasers which did a fantastic job of marketing the show. I was sold by the mystique of the elusive vampire girl and the puppy eyed, longing stares of Jae Min.

Yeo Jin Gu’s superb acting won me over in those few seconds. I am already a fan of CNBlue’s Lee Jong Hyun therefore having him as the second lead was a bonus.

Two episodes in, I was ecstatic! The Show exceeded my expectations. It started out really well in introducing the storyline depicting the struggles of the vampires trying to live incognito among humans; reminiscing of real life discrimination faced by many in our society today. And throw in a few light-hearted hilarious moments, I was sold! My reaction...Wow! They did that on prime time public television?

Episode 4 was the turning point for me. The pace was suddenly so fast it was like watching a completely different drama. Suddenly the Show introduced all kinds of loopholes, sub-plots and question marks. And then the big reveal - flashbacks to the Joseon era. At this point I was close to dropping the show but curiosity kept me reeled in.

It turned out I actually liked the Joseon episodes the best even though I was cringing when I first heard about it. I really enjoyed Shi Hoo’s story in the Joseon era. His character had more depth and layers than the other two leads. The bromance between Shi Hoo and Jae Min was cute and touching. The love story between Jae Min and Ma Ri was endearing but a tad ordinary and predictable. I actually felt more for Shi Hoo’s restraint love for Ma Ri. It was respectful but heart rending. The secondary characters were interesting and their stories closed the gaps in understanding the relationships of these characters in the present day.

I also enjoyed the story development surrounding the human-vampire conflict and how the pact was reached that carried to the modern era. I was mostly invested in Shi Hoo’s story though how the show dealt with him in the present day was a tad too convenient for my taste.

The chemistry between the second leads was excellent but in typical kdrama fashion it was a bit rushed in the end.

Overall, Orange Marmalade had its moments but lost a lot of fans from the misleading advertising, inconsistent storytelling/pacing and the modern to historical jumps. But I am glad it didn’t suck and it definitely wasn’t a complete waste of my time.

The music was catchy and melodic but to be honest the exact tunes have totally escaped me so it must not be that memorable.

Is it a rewatch? No, it is one of those unique shows that will certainly divide but even for the faithful, a rewatch is probably not likely.
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Both dramas focus on two couples who don't have a lot in common, who fell for each other in a short space of time, and involves a school-transferring theme. They also both feature the actor-musician Lee Jong Hyun from kpop group CNBlue, as either part of the main cast or as a guest role.
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    Jelaceeinfinitee 22 hours ago

    Honestly I don't get the historical part is it only just jae min's hallucination? Urg ilove the ending

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    Jelaceeinfinitee 22 hours ago - edited

    Shi Hoo and Ma Ri ❤❤
    They should be the main couple!!

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    AmastrisDratwka 19 days ago - edited

    Okay, so I heard this was fairly good, and I decided to get around to watching it. I've watched a few high school dramas, but this one even with the vampire theme, the setting up, her omnipresent voice explaining things, and then LHJ's eyes as he tries in vain to "act" vampire "intense" was too much for me. I just started cringing. I guess I'm just too old for this. "Beauty" isn't enough to entice me to continue watching it. I had enough of that with the Twilight series.

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    mia Apr 15, 2016

    this escalated quickly

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    Foodie Apr 8, 2016 - edited

    Idk if it's just me but I prefer the historical part more than the present lmao

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    kinfinity Apr 3, 2016

    I love Yeo Jin Goo to death but..... seriously?????

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    Nesscafe Feb 27, 2016 - edited

    One of... no... i mean the worst drama i've ever seen.

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      jxsilicon9 Apr 28, 2016

      If it wasn't for Heirs. This would definitely make the top of my list.

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      MarjieJavier 18 hours ago

      Cannot agree more!!

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    Nfs Feb 13, 2016 - edited

    I hold this drama bcs of the historical part. But, the story line is VERY INTERRSTING. Even though webtoon and this drama is not even same u know? Haha

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      Zinneerah Feb 14, 2016

      Yeah me too I hold this drama for the same reason

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    yellowposh Jan 31, 2016

    If this was your any other youth romance drama then this might be a good drama but if you expected it to be an adaptation of the webtoon you'll end up in disappointment.

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    peachjam Jan 29, 2016

    Love this drama :D

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    Mody Jan 17, 2016 - edited

    how can people say that the webtoon was any good ?
    i read it ages ago and the first 3 pages the guy slaps the girl for sleeping on his shoulder in the bus and i stopped reading from there

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      Abigail Mar 1, 2016

      lmao you shouldn't judge something as a whole from reading the first 3 pages

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      jxsilicon9 13 hours ago


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    WhiteGoldMVs1 Jan 11, 2016

    The modern part was sooooo good! We could've done without the historical part (I love Historicals) or they could've shortened it to two eps or less. Shi Hoo was my fav character and I shipped him so bad with Ara ❤️

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    khawllah aljaloud Jan 8, 2016

    i love this very much, i rewatched this 3 times!!

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    Irene Balayong Dec 26, 2015

    I do hope that i will watch lee jong hyun as a
    leading man..

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    Bongsookie Dec 5, 2015

    This drama made me realised how good of an actor Lee Jong Hyun is! I hope he gets more roles in the future :) sorry I had to drop this drama though since I couldn't get past episode 3, however I do like the cast....just the pacing of the story is too fast and confusing.... Which isn't the actor's fault.


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    South Korea
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    May 15, 2015 to Jul 24, 2015
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  • Duration:

    50 min.


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    6.9 (scored by 3,320 users)
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