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 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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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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both shows are about the afterlife and what these characters did in their past cause them to be who they are now.
both leads are handsome as hell!
both dramas have ghosts in them.
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This is a short Web Drama starring Kim Junmyeon from EXO. It has much comedy aspects. It involves grim reapers and loving the living which might be something viewers of Goblin might enjoy. Quite funny, very heart breaking. 100% Enjoyable.
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    George 6 hours ago

    Late on the bandwagon but I LOVED THIS!!!! although I felt the last few episodes really did drag on a bit.

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    Sarah87 3 days ago
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Curonian 5 days ago

    LOVED it! Had me in tears so many times ...

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    yuna 7 days ago

    Goblin is the reason why I'm watching K-Drama again. I contemplated why it felt so pleasant watching the series and now I think I have the answer. When I was little I watched Boys Over Flowers, Goong and Winter Sonata with my family but honestly I couldn't deal with the bullying, betrayal, misunderstandings and dragging melo-aspects (it felt very sufficating for me), so I avoided Kdramas for over a decade. But Goblin is devoid of the typical antagonists in Kdramas, like disapproving/bullying mother-in-law, scheming ex/love-rival, greedy mangement members trying to overtake the company etc, who are usually causing most of the conflict (in Goblin there is only the laughable aunt's family and very later a real "enemy"). The "higher power" aside, neither of the two main leads have their family and social obligations/expectations breathing down on them, so it was kind of refreshing seeing the two explore and develop their relationship at their own pace.

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    RosieAllen 8 days ago

    it's my fav after master's sun

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    Emily 8 days ago

    you will cry

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    Juily 8 days ago

    One of the best kdrama i'hv watched. Amazing main leads but I fall for grim reaper . He was so cuuuuttee ;)

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    Mara Martins 8 days ago

    Best kdrama ever, solid 10/10.

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    Dani 10 days ago - edited

    On episode 10 and still finding it boring. Euk Tan and Goblin have 0 chemistry. Eun Tak basically just cries and whines her way through the whole damn thing. I've started skipping all their scenes and only watching for Sunny and Grim Reaper.

    It's so boring, how is this rated so highly?

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    immortalc 12 days ago

    I still move on to the next eps very slowly. i dont find it interesting enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. the humor is great. the actors are veteran but thats the reason i cant get immersed? in their acting. i keep seeing them as themselves in real life. Music is great though

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    Rachel 12 days ago - edited

    I think I'm the only person who didn't love this drama
    That's okay, everyone has their own tastes. I would still recommend to a friend since so many people love it so much xD

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      fatima_july 5 days ago

      i didn't love it also

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      Alekwang 3 days ago

      yeah, me too. It was plain in my opinion...

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      Haru 2 days ago

      Me neither. It was good, but most of the time boring af.

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    KainGuru 12 days ago

    You. Will. Cry.

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    MartyGarritsen 15 days ago - edited

    how can i watch this?

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    Nancy 20 days ago

    Best drama every character amazing .....love it highly recommended

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    JCDRANZER 20 days ago - edited

    Just finished the show, it was great but now what do I watch?

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      MarjieJavier 15 days ago

      Kill Me, Heal Me is a good one. :)

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      oumaima277 15 days ago - edited

      Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, i guarantee you won't be disappointed

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      JCDRANZER 13 days ago

      Saw KM HM already. I'm considering Rebel after I catch up with Tunnel and Strong Woman (heard that Strong Woman isn't that great).

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      oumaima277 13 days ago - edited

      Strong woman is a sweet drama that makes you smile the whole time, the story is not so original and a bit cliché, yet the chemistry of the main couple saves the day.


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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 12,603 users)
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