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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  • Music 10
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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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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 are about higher beings. The female lead in Goblin is "the Goblin's Bride" as I recall it..

Honestly I'm still in the process of finishing this drama (episode 12) but I realized the similarities as soon as the first episode started. The visual editing is very similar... male lead is a higher being, 2nd male lead is also a higher being And both are similar in that their life's story is super sad and unfotunate. female leads are both 'cursed' I would put it..

The Bride of Habaek is lacking compared to Goblin. But in my opinion,The Bride of Habaek is still a good one on it's own. I guess everyone had high expectations after Goblin. I for one was excited to see the cast in The Bride of Habaek, and it's mainly my reason for even watching it. Personally I don't hate the plot, in fact I like how it's a bit lighter than Goblin (Goblin will absolutely make you cry a river lol so get the tissue box out)
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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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    EmpyreanConqueror 7 hours ago

    I just watched episode 1. I can't get over how easily the King's and Princes in every historical drama get so easily manipulated by their subjects, like far out. How stupid can you be?

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    I dropped this drama at episode 2, I didn't like it. I'm back after a few months and about to watch it again, wish me luck.

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      mintaka 32 minutes ago

      good luck :) but personally i don't think you will really need it. I didn't like the first episode that much either...or better, it didn't catch my attention. but after watching few more episodes i stayed hooked on it and now it belongs between my favorites. it really is worth watching!

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    Pinocchio 16 hours ago

    Gong yoo and Kim go eun one of my fav couple

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    KianaRose 5 days ago

    This drama is good but I really need it on Netflix the episodes are long and I keep getting lost where I am up to :(

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    limon howikor 12 days ago - edited

    this drama in not worth more than 7. even the messed up cheese in the trap is way better than this. if this nothing drama is 9.1 then "answer me 1988" , "it's okay that's love", "six flying dragons", "moon lovers", "bad guys" what rating these drama should get!!!

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      Jay 5 days ago

      Realistically should probably fall between 8 and 9, keep in mind non-controversial drama tend to rated higher, e.g. drama where audience doesn't take sides.

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    SmileHoney 15 days ago - edited

    I'm probably part of the small minority that didn't care one bit for the main couple's romance.

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    SimonaP 16 days ago - edited

    Dropped at episode 8.
    It was great at first, interesting plot idea, great acting and quite enjoyable. But after episode 4 or so I found basically just pushing myself to watch it as it's supposedly one of the best dramas ever. I thought the chemistry was kinda lacking between the two leads and the plot got a bit dull. The only reason I even got this far was because of the Reaper.
    Having said that, I understand why others loved the drama. It just wasn't for me.

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      limon howikor 12 days ago - edited

      totally agree with u. over rated drama. although i watched all 16 episodes but skipped many scenes. i started to watch the drama because of Kim go eun coz she acted really well in Cheese in the trap but she is the worst thing in this drama and i wanted to drop because of her.

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    syed 19 days ago

    cant add this drama to my list....any suggestions?

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    Lavendova 19 days ago - edited
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      SmileHoney 15 days ago
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      SmileHoney 13 days ago

      True, he was one of my favorite characters. :)

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    alexis 20 days ago

    i cried every single episode of this drama,, it was the best thing to ever happen to me lmao the best drama ive ever seen

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    MathewPark 21 days ago - edited

    I was super hyped about this drama, I was fully expecting myself to pull an all nighter because I'd be so hooked on it but boy was I disappointed. The idea is new and original and quite honestly well executed, however, it just bored me. I stopped watching at episode 8 and already I had to force myself to watch episodes 3-8 in hopes that it'd pick up. After 5 episodes of basically nothing, I drew the line and dropped it. I think that there are many things that could have been changed to make this drama more catching (like maybe, for one, don't make the main couple be a 900 y/o goblin who looks like he's in his late 30's with a high school girl!). I do have to say, I really did like the Grim Reaper's role and Yook Sungjae's role (to be honest they were what kept me from dropping this drama at episode 3). I do believe that many people did find this drama to be as amazing as it's made out to be, but I just think it wasn't my cup of tea.

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      SHSL-HopexLight 21 days ago

      I don't get the hype either. Its average at best. A lot of kdramas have done this type of story millions of times with better plot IMO. Oh right I forgot there's no plot in this sadly....I guess people liked the useless visuals instead of actual story or they had no choice but to fangirl at their husbandoes. Literally the only thing good about is the OST while the rest is trash at best. They spend 12 episodes with a useless forced romance. Its looks pretty but that's it basically. Being rated this high you would expect a great story but no its a whole lot of nothing. The score is actually going lower apparently. It went from 9.4 to 9.1. So that tells people don't like it very much

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    sickofme 22 days ago - edited

    okay so recently I rewatched this drama again and I wanna say something: I see a lot of comments that people think this drama was totally overrated and I'm wondering: w h y do you think like that? I mean, speaking objectively the plot isn't typical at all - it's unique at every aspect. What's more - cinematography. Tbh I've never seen such a beautiful cuts and scenery in any drama, pff, in any movie. It gives us magical atmosphere and it's just like a wonderland. What's else - characters. Every character was made so precisely and in detail. While watching we could identify with some of them; smile or cry with them. And finally - music. OST was just perfect and suitable from the beginning to the end. I watched a lot of dramas and I really haven't seen such a masterpiece and original plot.
    So! People who haven't watched this yet - DO IT. You won't regret it :D

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      SHSL-HopexLight 21 days ago

      I don't wanna sound rude but that's the problem. It looks pretty with a nice OST and that's pretty much it. There is barely any story, the characters are one dimensuinal.,The main character is annoying and useless, The romance is forced between the main couple,there are way too many plot conveniences and plot holes in the ending. There are way too many problems with the show.

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      SarahEm 20 days ago

      I would have give it a solid 10, if it weren't for the lead couple. Goblin's bride felt more like his daughter, than lover. It makes me feels icky every time I think of it.

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      ZaneAraki 19 days ago - edited

      I love the cinematography. It's amazing. It was the plot, pacing, and Eun Tak that didn't draw me in.
      This was the same case as DOTS for me. It felt like nothing really happened in the first 5 episodes. Too many talks, and I'm not used to that. I couldn't feel the chemistry between Eun Tak and Goblin. The pacing was draggy as well.
      So yeah, I think it's overrated if you're giving high score for the three things I mentioned.

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      Ivana 18 days ago - edited

      I don't want to be rude at all, really! I respect your opinion! But honestly I regret watching it even if I liked the second couple.
      "w h y do you think like that?"- The plot isn't unique at all, basic Edward and Bella... she is a minor by age in my country and he is waayy older than her( his human n goblin age) in many places he can get registered as an offender (done something or not, jail time).Cinematography n music- yes, the drama looked and sounded amazing, true. Characters- both leads acted very childish. neigher acted their age. Ji Eun Tak's bad past was supposed to make her look mature, I almost cried, cause ya it's relatable but she acted like a middle schooler. The goblin, well with every episode he stared acting creepier. If you really want understand why many ppl find this drama very overrrated, well rewatch and think would you yourself do some of the things Eun Tak did, would you go be with this guy if it was you (think his age and behavior, cause both were kind of disturbing). I was like, ''are you in your right mind, why would you do that?'' most of the time when watching this drama. I feel like the leads were taken out of a wattpad ff.

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    smel 24 days ago

    Love the cast and the OST..but I am still disappointed since the story is lacking
    The first and the last 2 ep were good.
    Well, gave a 7/10.

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    sooseob 25 days ago

    i must be in the wrong mood for it but Goblin just could not grab my attention at all TT it is the only drama i started watching this summer (mostly because of the hype) and i've been stuck with it for weeks now... maybe it's because i saw spoilers already or i should have watched it when it was airing. i still don't know what my overall opinion will be at the end

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    Nora 28 days ago



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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 16,038 users)
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