Goblin (2016)

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Kim Shin is a Goblin who is cursed with immortality and uses his powers to help others. He lives together with a Grim Reaper who has amnesia and can't remember his past. To end his immortality, Shin must search for a human bride who can pull out the sword in his chest and return him to ashes. He meets Ji Eun Tak, a high school student who, despite her painful reality, remains read moreoptimistic and ends up falling in love with the Goblin. She works with Sunny, the owner of a small chicken restaurant, who is a bright and attractive girl, loved by all men. However, when she meets the Grim Reaper, she finds her while beginner to change.

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    Prince Maker; Mr Sunshine; 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비; 프린스 메이커; 도깨비가 간다; Dokkaebi; Sseulsseulhago Chalranhashin-Dokkaebi; The Lonely, Shining Goblin; Guardian: The Lonely and Great God;

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29 days ago
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If you are hesitating to watch this at all, please....just throw out your reservations and watch this. Goblin has just stolen the #1 spot for my favorite drama ever. (And my husband agrees!) It almost makes me wish that this were my first perfect 10 I'd ever given. The cinematography was gorgeous, the music was amazing, the actors were perfect (Hello, Gong Yoo!), the story was heartbreakingly beautiful.

This is the first read more time I've watched any of the main actors except Yoo In Na. I have now officially developed a Gong Yoo crush and understand why drama fans are enamored of him. (This show caused me to watch at least 3 other works he has been in already with plans for a few more!) Gong Yoo as Kim Shin/ Goblin was mesmerizing. I could listen to his voice for days. Every scene he was in was a treat. Every emotion that his character had was palpable, and his smiles could light up the sky.
And Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak was super cute. She had a lot of detractors and the writer got a lot of flak for making her so young. But the character and her age were perfect for this story and how it unfolded.
Lee Dong Wook as the Grim Reaper had the perfect deadpan (heh) delivery. And he may be the best male "crier" I've seen yet.

The story will make you laugh and make you cry. Not only is the love story epic, but so is the bromance between Goblin and Reaper. I've found that I'm quite fond of this fantasy genre and this has been done so well. I have no criticisms of this show at all. It's sweet, funny, romantic, sad, tragic, beautiful...

The music was perfect and perfectly lovely. I don't always pay much attention to the music, but this show utilized it so well and chose the perfect songs. So many people loved even the intro song that they made a special recording of it to make it a full length song (Round and Round, but may also be found under Never Far Away). Beautiful by Crush was the best song in my opinion, and I believe that it was the theme song for our main couple. And Stay With Me by Chanyeol and Punch was another favorite.

Rewatch value - HIGH. In fact, I've already rewatched the first half of it with my son while waiting for new episodes. (He got sucked in when he accidentally caught some of episode 11, so I had to start at the beginning with him. LOL!) And I have no doubt that now that it is complete I will binge watch it all the way through again. I already miss these characters....
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30 days ago
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Goblin is a great drama. I went into it with low expectations, but I was pleasantly suprised, or more accurately, I blown away. You can recognize a good drama by the way it makes you feel exactly what the characters in the drama are feeling. That's the way Goblin was for me, with each character, I laughed and I cried.

I'll TRY to keep the review sweet and short, so here are read more the reasons I enjoyed Goblin:
-The premise is unique. It's one of a kind. I haven't seen any other Kdramas with a similar plotline to Goblin, so that was a plus point.
-The actors do a superb job. I could feel their emotions from across the screen. then again, nothing less to be expected from such a spectacular cast.
-The drama has everything, ranging from bromance, romance to mytery and suspense.
-The bromance is spectacular. One of the most epic bromance I've ever seen in a Kdrama. It made me laugh a lot, but it also had its heartwarming and heartwrenching moments. Goblin and Grim Reaper's relationship is one of the best reasons to pick this up.
-The two couples- Goblin & Eun Tak and Grim Reaper & Sunny. Both couples had their own story. The sweet and cute moments of the Goblin couple & the sizzling chemistry between Grim Reaper and Sunny was enough to keep the 'romance' meter of the drama pretty high. You won't be able to get enough of the cuteness of Goblin & Eun Tak.
-The mystery of the characters. From 'the lady in red' to the king and queen, each episode just gave enough glimpse into their lives to keep us engrossed. It'll drive you crazy in a good way.
-Each minute of every episode was enjoyable. I didn't skip a single moment of any episode.
-The unexpectedness of the drama was really great. Just when you'd think you had something figured out, some twist would come along and surprise you. The writer sure did a tremendous job.
BONUS: Beautiful and addictive OST

I personally didn't find anything even remotely bad about it, but that's not to say other people won't, so here's a few things you should keep in mind before venturing into it.
-The age difference between Goblin [ (~939) he was 39 when he died and then immortal for 900 years] and Eun Tak (19).
-Comparatively less screen time for Sunny and Grim Reaper couple. But I suppose that's to be expected specially since the title alone indicates that Kim Shin (Goblin) is the main lead, so it's no wonder they get the most screen time.
-Worst product placement you'll ever see in a Kdrama. You might think I'm kidding but sometimes even the smallest thing can annoy you. I personally found those scenes amusing though.

So, to sum up- I LOVED this drama! Do give this one a chance, you won't be disappointed. Once you start it, chances are, you'll end up loving it. Happy Watching!
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Both have a similar plot element of Reapers who have no memory of their life before death and the consequences ensuing when said memories return.
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of their mythology! Both dramas have incorporated the heavenly (and hell) beings to their story. Though they don't exact;y have the same conflict going on, both dramas have a matter-of-life-and-death conflict to deal with.

And though I like Goblin, Arang is still the number one on my list when it comes to a resolution for a love that transcends death.
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    exojongsuk 9 hours ago

    I miss this drama so much

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    joyje 1 day ago

    The drama was amazing. Loved the cast especially Gong Yoo & Lee Dong Wook. The OST was also great.

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    Janey 1 day ago - edited

    Just finished watching this with my best friend. While I had seen it about 10 times, my friend hadn't but that didn't stop us from bawling our eyes out. Literally the best show I've ever seen in my life. What I wouldn't give to get amnesia just to watch this show again for the first time. No other show has caught my attention yet. I've tried but it's like looking at the sun, nothing will ever be as bright.

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      DianaCarvalho 1 day ago

      I understand you, I can't forget those amazing actors, amazing cinematography, OST, storyline... Everything was so beautiful, I miss it so much!

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    Aydinlan 2 days ago

    It ruined my life , I can't get over it . it's so wonderful !! I wanna watch it again and again . I miss the actors so much TT

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    MrsChoeYeong 3 days ago

    just got to know there was a general named KIM YOO SHIN in korea..and our goblin real is KIM SHIN .XD :P

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    urwonandonly 3 days ago

    So many twists and turns in this one!! Loved the characters and I laughed a lot! This one is going down as one of my faves... I tried to take my time as much as possible so it would last longer! I'll miss this drama a lot...

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    bLoodYThoughtS 4 days ago
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    Sharn 4 days ago - edited

    It's almost been a month since it ended, and I still can't move on.

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      ines 3 days ago

      Same here

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      naydesu 2 days ago

      It's so good that I want to have amnesia to watch this again.

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      Sharn 2 days ago

      It's so good I need a grim reaper to appear in my life and give me a cup of tea.

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    SanjuktaRay 4 days ago - edited

    Omo ! This drama is just a masterpiece . I've finished watching it yesterday . This drama is totally of my genre which is FANTASY. Am so grateful to the writers, directors & producers for gifting us with this drama. Thanks to the actors so so much for their wonderful acting . Though am a very emotionless person but this drama made my eyes teared up . I wish there would be a 2nd season but it won't happen I know :'(

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    Sanashi 5 days ago

    I think I should watch this drama a second time to actually follow the story...I spent the first viewing just enjoying watching Gong Yoo...not sure second viewing will not be the same though ;-))
    I have to say though that story and other characters were good enough that they didn't disturb my Gong Yoo staring...that in itself deserved my 8/10 rating! LOL

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    wxnerinx 6 days ago

    i miss goblin so much!!!! :(

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    hazel321 7 days ago - edited

    I feel conflicted. I really want to love this drama. It has some of my favorite actors/actress in it, great character development, humor, bromance, and sweet romance. I love fantasy dramas. And yet I feel like something is missing. I laughed, I cried, but I don't have any favorite moments that I'm dying to see again.

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      JohnGilbert 6 days ago

      I do. The end of episode 4 or 5, Kim Shin sums up why he adores and loves Ji Eun Tak. I thought it was so beautiful. I couldn't agree with him more. It was every reason I fell in love with Ji Eun Tak. Wonderful.

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      hazel321 5 days ago

      I'll give it some time and then watch it again. I'll look for your favorite moment and see. Sometimes, I like dramas better the second time. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      JohnGilbert 2 days ago

      Thank you. And it's ok how you felt, I just remember that moment and thinking that is exactly how I see her.

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    Am- 8 days ago
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    Lynn 9 days ago - edited
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      Janey 8 days ago

      It's happy and both couples end up together in the end. There are some sad scenes in ep 13, 14, and the last half of 16 but it's all worth it.

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    blackswindler 10 days ago

    it has one of the most beautiful OST I've ever heard


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    South Korea
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    Dec 2, 2016 to Jan 21, 2017
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    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 15 min.


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    9.2 (scored by 8,412 users)
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