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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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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    cynthia 7 hours ago

    how can the main lead so clueless after living 900 years?

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    naydesu 8 hours ago

    This drama is my jam <3

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    cynthia 12 hours ago

    Eveven if there is not much romance in it it's still very interesting

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    KoriNeko18 14 hours ago

    If you like a lot of fluff, you're going to like this drama, because eps 5-13 have less than substantial plot but a lot of cute and sweet scenes.

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    Panda 2 days ago

    Time to rewatch again

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    Erin 2 days ago - edited

    This drama is extremely overrated. It's so boring, it seems original, but its just a generic kdrama romance full of cliches. The main girl is extremely immature and I find the age gap quite worrying. The romance does not feel real or believable. It seemed like I would especially enjoy it because of the history/fantasy aspects, which are genres I am in to, but these are only very small parts of the drama. I found myself wanting to skip lots or sometimes felt like I was falling asleep. In saying that I loved the parts involving the grim reaper, and his relationship with the Goblin and Sunny, and when the fantasy/historical elements did appear I enjoyed them. However, overall I did not enjoy this drama and would not recommend it unless you like watching generic, boring romances (as this is the majority of the drama).

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      JulySnow2 2 days ago - edited

      Exactly. It's a drama that disguises itself as original and deep, yet majority of it is generic. I'm suprized so many fail to see through it, and realize this. Majority of time is spent on a unbelievable and lukewarm romance aka Goblin and his bride, and not enough fantasy for a "fantasy drama". Reaper and Sunny should've been the main characters focused on, they're much more interesting.

      After loving Kim Go Eun's character in Cheese In The Trap, who was much more mature, REAL, interesting, Ji Euntak is such a let down. Too childish, cheesy, fake happy sugary and extremely annoying aegyo that wasn't cute at all.

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    MomoSenshi 2 days ago

    After finishing watching Goblin it will be difficult to find a drama that can replace it. Everything on this drama was amazing. Just love it!!! I'm already missing the actors...

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    Baby_V 2 days ago

    i fell asleep like 5 times watching this show i honestly did not find any part of it remotely intresting is everyone just here for the sugar candy???

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    jinja b 3 days ago

    This has a potential for perfection, but disappointed thru the end.... Yes, this is all about immortality, but PLEASE most of the episodes are dragging and boring... The pictures are excellent, but at least there should be some happy music added??..... and the story, meehhh, I was expecting a lot, but then again the writer, is just only after on "just watch it and do not analyze".... kinda something like than...

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    Bidam 3 days ago - edited
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    XiaoZhanoppa 4 days ago - edited

    At the first episode I though it was interesting enough..... And because of my oppa Gong Yoo. But as the episode forwards, I found out that it is boring. :))

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      SanjuktaRay 11 hours ago

      Yeah from episodes 5-8 you will find it boring but from episode 9 onwards it becomes very interesting .

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    exojongsuk 4 days ago

    I miss this drama so much

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    joyje 5 days ago

    The drama was amazing. Loved the cast especially Gong Yoo & Lee Dong Wook. The OST was also great.

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    Janey 5 days ago - edited

    Just finished watching this with my best friend. While I had seen it about 10 times, my friend hadn't but that didn't stop us from bawling our eyes out. Literally the best show I've ever seen in my life. What I wouldn't give to get amnesia just to watch this show again for the first time. No other show has caught my attention yet. I've tried but it's like looking at the sun, nothing will ever be as bright.

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      DianaCarvalho 5 days ago

      I understand you, I can't forget those amazing actors, amazing cinematography, OST, storyline... Everything was so beautiful, I miss it so much!

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    Aydinlan 6 days ago

    It ruined my life , I can't get over it . it's so wonderful !! I wanna watch it again and again . I miss the actors so much TT


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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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    9.2 (scored by 8,672 users)
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