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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If you are hesitating to watch this at all, please....just throw out your reservations and watch this. Goblin has just made my favorites list. Even my husband got sucked in and loves this show. The cinematography was gorgeous, the music was amazing, the actors were perfect (Hello, Gong Yoo!), the story was heartbreakingly beautiful.

This is the first time I've watched any of the main actors except Yoo In Na. I have read more now officially developed a Gong Yoo crush and understand why drama fans are enamored of him. 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 hardly any criticisms of this show at all because even the flaws faded into nothing noticeable for me. 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 is high - if not everything, then there are many, many favorite scenes that I'll go back to and relive the feels. :)
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Every moment of it indeed shined!
Goblin is a great drama. I went into it with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised, or more accurately, I was 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 read more review sweet and short, so here are 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 plot-line 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 mystery 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 heart-wrenching 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 delve into themes of death and similar themes of reincarnation
They both deal with an Ahjussi romance
Overall, similar fantasy-romance themes
Similar supporting character roles - Goblin's Yoo Deok-Hwa VS Mr. Baek's Choi Dae-Han
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The idea is the same, a man with supernatural powers meets his love, through twists of fate. Their relationship develops as hardships appear along the way.

The lead is incredibly attractive and mesmerizing in both dramas, there's no one who will remain indifferent. Goblin has a "shy" lead while "The Bride of Habaek" portraits a very caring God who supports his Bride in those moments where she most needs it.

Both dramas contain life-threatening situations where the men save this bride is the most coolest way possible. The drama will hook you from the first episode.

Lastly, the soundtrack is GOOD! (the Goblin soundtrack has already become a hit :).
In conclusion: if you like dramas where the leading man is a strong, handsome (even sexy), powerful, with a God-like attitude and at the same time very gentle God - these both are not ones not to be missed!
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    ponnu 3 days ago - edited

    the drama is almost perfect and i liked everything except the female lead.. she tries too hard to be a 17 year old..
    i liked her in cheese in the trap and she was one of the reasons for me to watch this drama but was disappointed..
    the goblin and grim reaper are amazing together and their bromance was the best par of the drama
    there are some really hilarious scenes which will make you fall off the chair while laughing..
    the grim reaper is extremely hot and i liked his chemistry with sunny..

    the soundtrack is amazing..

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    Michaela 6 days ago

    My favorite part of the drama is Grim Reaper + Goblin

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    Megunefetish 6 days ago

    hands down ... the first episode of this show is the best episode I've ever watched,heck it's even better than many movies

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    aoitenshi 10 days ago


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    LeeTaesuk 12 days ago

    One of the most impressive dramas of all time. I get shivers and goosebumps with just listenijg to the OST after ending the drama... Its impact is gonna stay on me for such a long time, I suppose...

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    Aria 13 days ago


    i just finished this and wow,, y'all's comments are really negative um why? it's very very beautiful omfg the ending was on point in my opinion. it was so happy and even though a LOT of tragic stuff happened the last 3 episodes it was all necessary to lead to a very beautiful ending.
    1- the supernatural side in this drama was so amusing i loved it
    2- the plot and story??? perfect asf come fight me on this
    3-the two couples had a beautiful chemistry ESPECIALLY SUNNY AND THE GRIM REAPER JUST WOW,, and Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak are literally meant to be I love happy couples
    4- the whole drama was so well made just wow. ESPECIALLY the car accidents omfg theyy were on damn point

    BUT, as much as I loved this drama, I SOMETIMES found myself pausing for no reason? idk why but it didn't get me like ''OMFG IM NOT LEAVING TILL I FINISH 1000 EPS lmao'' that was my only problem with it, so I couldn't give it 10 but 9.5 WHICH MEANS PERFECT TOO.

    so thats my whole opinion about this drama I wanted y'all to know that its really good

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    Kristalline 14 days ago

    I didn't like this drama either, dropped it after maybe 10 episodes. It just didn't keep me interested. Maybe I'll finish it one day, though.

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    PrettyCarEye 15 days ago - edited

    How does this end?

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      HeleneAn 1 day ago
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    Lightxhope 18 days ago - edited

    The only thing redeemable aspect about this show is the soundtrack and the secondary couple. Other then that its just an overhyped drama that has a romance we have seen million times in other Kdramas. There's barely any story.Its good for first timers but its boring as hell with silly plot conveniences. 6/10 overall. Kdramas these days care more about the casting of popular good looking actors, Romance, and a soundtrack instead of caring about actual plot. Such a shame good music was wasted on this show.

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      Amiri 16 days ago

      i dropped this drama after 5 ep, just a waste of time.

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      ErikaLi0294 16 days ago - edited

      I totally agree with you! For me was more entertaining to watch the secondary couple ^^'

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    Vristz 19 days ago - edited

    A bit boring,, Overrated

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    yoshino21 19 days ago - edited

    Everything was fine and I really enjoyed this drama up until I watched the last episode. I regret not leaving it at 15 episodes as what happened in 16th was unnecessary and senseless. I thought i'd give this drama 9/10, but because of the last episode I'm only giving it 7.5/10.
    Now I'll say what I like about this drama. The soundtrack is very good and the acting is great. It's true that the story is a little bit slow pacing, but for me it was just the right thing to watch after a stressful day to relax and get into a good mood. It's not overly hilarious, but there are lots of cute moments. You'll find yourself sympathising all characters and really caring for what's happening to them. I even cried a couple of times, one out of sadness and the other one out of joy. I'd really like to rewatch it one day, but I won't watch the last episode, it just ruins the whole impression of the drama.

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    Carolina 20 days ago

    could get boring at times but the amazing soundtrack really helped

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    shadowcpu 20 days ago

    First Drama I've ever watched! Really liked it! Looking forward for more.
    I'd give it a 10/10 but you should probably check it out first and see what you think of it.

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    DREAMY 22 days ago

    EXO !!! Is it a liquor ?!?

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    overrated and boring..

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      KeempeeIanGaviran 21 days ago

      it was so disappointing. I think the first episode is great, but as the show went on, my excitement decreases. For me, it was watchable but not enjoyable.

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      YouDirtyWater 21 days ago

      The Grim Reaper and his storyline saved me from dropping the show.... His storyline got more interesting when the Goblin started to get boring lol

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      KeempeeIanGaviran 21 days ago

      same.. the first couple is too boring while the second couple is interesting. I dropped the show at episode 8 and watch other dramas instead.


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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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    1 hr. 15 min.


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    9.1 (scored by 15,277 users)
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