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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Jan 21, 2017
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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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Jan 21, 2017
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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 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 review sweet and short, so here read more 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 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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> Fantasy themed.
> Both male leads are gods.
> Both male leads are 'cursed'
> Both female leads are human.
> Both female leads are supposed to be the bride of the God male lead.
> Both leads fall in love.
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    HamelinSong 2 days ago - edited

    What is going on? why there are so many bad comments?
    Goblin is one of the most beautiful, well made, well played and most interesting drama that i have come across.
    Not slow, nor fast. A sweet romance but not a cheesy one. Great action scenes, without over do it. BEST CAST EVER. And it's just soooo funny!
    GET THE HYPE! Its NOT overrated!

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    Jasuminia 3 days ago - edited

    This drama is too much talking. In the middle, it feels kinda boring

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      MilenaDias 2 days ago

      Yes. Not so good although the start is excellent

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    SyN 4 days ago

    It got less interesting after the first few episodes. Worth watching though.. but it's not that great.

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    Louela 5 days ago

    One word that could describe the concept of this story is Beautiful.The cinematography for was me was the best but I find the last episodes to be so draggy, complicated and dramatic. I wish they could have created a more happy ending. But anyways, this was still worth to watch.

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    Kayla 6 days ago

    This show was beautiful in every sense of the word.

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    GudyTang 6 days ago

    The drama was ok, It really bothered me how the lead character looked kinda old. I really like the 2nd leads romance.

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    Snowcherry 6 days ago
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Iulmi 8 days ago - edited

    Personally I found it gripping all the time. Favorie series of mine, not just drama.

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    helen 9 days ago - edited

    its 2am and im crying my eyes out because i just finished watching it.. i wish i could rate it with 11/10

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    zza 10 days ago - edited

    i don't get it...dropped this.

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      Pervy 2 days ago - edited

      Don't get what? How many ep did you watch before dropping it?

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      zza 2 days ago

      i watched 10 episodes

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    Ellie 10 days ago

    I have never cried more over a drama wow

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    KimWanHee 14 days ago - edited

    I'm at ep 7 and I cannot find the rest of the episodes with eng sub except on viki, which doesn't work where I am T.T

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      eviabloom 13 days ago

      have you ever tried <myasiantv> or <kissasian> <dramacool> there are plenty of websites!!!

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      KimWanHee 13 days ago

      I tried kissasian and dramacool but somehow the subs are missing...maybe it's a error of my computer T.T

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      namopanik 13 days ago

      check out dramalike tv and fastdrama co (and CC button if applicable)

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      KimWanHee 13 days ago

      Yes!! That works. Thanks so much ^.^

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    MarjieJoseJavier 14 days ago - edited

    Let's accept and respect one another's opinion, friends.

    Some find Goblin overrated, while others find the rating well-deserved,
    so let's not say words such as "..don't waste your time.." or any words insulting the interest and judgment of others.

    Every drama is flawed, and probably have downhill of enjoyment, but EVERY DRAMA IS MADE BY THE TIRELESS WORKS OF ACTORS, WRITERS, AND EVERYONE BEHIND THE CAMERA, so let's appreciate and criticize AT THE SAME TIME. *hugs to all*

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      Emx 13 days ago

      Ok. These people you are talking about get their salaries why are you worried? :)
      Don't be too serious about it... Let them EXPRESS their thoughts :)

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      MarjieJoseJavier 13 days ago

      Sure. I was just suggesting.

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    ANGEL 15 days ago

    I don't get the hype. This drama is so overrated.

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    Amiri 16 days ago - edited

    bad drama, maybe kids under 14 can enjoy it. so dont wase your time.

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      Pervy 1 day ago

      It should suit you well than.

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      Amiri 20 hours ago - edited

      take it easy litle pervy. and learn your manners.

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      Brownie 15 hours ago

      lol when drama makes people go crazy


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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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    9.1 (scored by 13,541 users)
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