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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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 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 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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If you liked Lee dong in blade man , you will definitely adore him in goblin. He has an awesome bromance with gong yoo in goblin.
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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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    Nozomi 2 days ago
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    JevelynYang 2 days ago - edited

    I find this drama is so overrated. I almost dropped this drama but I decided to finish it even though it was so difficult. There were lack of chemistry between the main couple. The story is fine but I found some points were not acceptable. The best parts of this drama were the bromance, cinematography, and the music.

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    userbmc 2 days ago - edited

    I almost dropped it. When I reached ep 9 I got tired and decided to put on a hold. I am so glad I decided to come back. It became so good after that. The story started to reveal and the second couple grew on me. If you dropped this, think about it again because it is good. The OST is wonderful;the leads weren't the best couple for me but they also didn't bothered me; the bromance is so funny; the story itself is also very well written and the acting is high quality. It's been a long time since I saw a drama this nice. I took some time to watch because I though it was overrated but it is very enjoyble :)

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    JulySnow2 3 days ago - edited

    So now that the hype has died down...I see that the earlier 9.4 rating has been lowered to a 9.1... Good! This is really overrated

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      Janey 17 hours ago

      Primarily because of haters like you. Only a blind monkey would rate this below a 9.

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      JulySnow2 15 hours ago - edited

      You don't have to be a hater to notice LOW QUALITY WRITING... A critical /objective look at this drama and the major flaws are obvious. The mass is often not correct, though there are exceptions...this isn't one of them. Frankly you'd have to be a "blind monkey" to rate this above 7...This is a lukewarm romance drama, mainly consisting of fluff scenes, with some fantasy and a little bit of trying to be deep and meaningful....However most of it is meaningless fluff disguised as original and deep with breathtaking cinematography aiding the trickery. A good idea (the symbolism, the korean lore, life&death!), ruined by bad execution. I'm aspiring to be a writer, and this is a piece of fiction to look at "how to NOT write". Mind you it had some good points, but a 9 is far too generous

      BTW rated this a 6.5...could've easily put at at a 1 just to lower its rating, but chose to be objective... To not be a hater, nor a delusional fan who can't view things objectively

      If you've read my long comment this far, thank you for your patience/for listening

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    skye 3 days ago

    such a great drama ;-;

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    Jen 4 days ago

    i dont like kim go eun as the female lead that is why i ddnt like this drama there is no chemistry between her & gong yoo so i decided not to recomment this.....i love lee dong wook yet he has only this supporting role....

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    Jen 4 days ago

    i dont like kim go eun as the female lead that is why i ddnt like this drama there is no chemistry between her & gong yoo so i decided not to recomment this.....i love lee dong wook yet he has only this supporting role....

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    Jen 4 days ago

    i dont like kim go eun as the female lead that is why i ddnt like this drama there is no chemistry between her & gong yoo so i decided not to recomment this.....i love lee dong wook yet he has only this supporting role....

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    Jen 4 days ago

    i dont like kim go eun as the female lead that is why i ddnt like this drama there is no chemistry between her & gong yoo so i decided not to recomment this.....i love lee dong wook yet he has only this supporting role....

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    yaaah666 4 days ago

    what's next. hobbit?

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    Awesome 5 days ago

    Dropped it :\ so boring tbh and didn't seem to be moving forward

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    guccigall 5 days ago

    I'm watching it right now. Cinematography is great. But each episode is so long. Will carry on for Gong Yoo. I hope no romance will develop between the girl and Gong Yoo. He's just too old for her

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    kasaharadojo 7 days ago - edited

    I'm enjoying it up until now but someone has to wonder with some dramas where the characters are supposed to be so poor that they can't afford to have a simple umbrella, like in this drama, but at the same time they go around caring the latest and most expensive brand of smartphone.Hahaha, someone needs to be a bit more careful and discreet when it comes to sponsors and product placements.

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      namopanik 6 days ago - edited

      There's a special department in Samsung devoted entirely to distributing mobiles to those poor kids so they could become useful members of a society one day. They deserve a good start too!
      On a plus side, at least she wears a lot of her school uniform at the beginning (to earn a place in an infinite number of coats party later).

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      kasaharadojo 6 days ago

      Hahahahaha. Indeed.

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      Janey 16 hours ago

      Haha, I'd like to think that KS started buying her his signature coats/turtle necks as they grew closer.

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    Myauntmary 8 days ago

    Gong Yoo is love.

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    jinja b 8 days ago

    This Kdrama has a lot of potential to perfection.. But unfortunately, it didn't... The ending, was kinda confusing and sporadic. I mean, and happy ending that's not really happy... Anyway, aside from that, all the casts were perfect.. the production and pictures are amazing... BUT the OST --music failed for me. There's no remarkable music, I mean at least ONE happy or upbeat song will do. Mostly has dragging/ boring scenes in every episodes... But the comedy parts are spot on... Over all, it's an 8.0/10 for me...


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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 10,263 users)
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