Monstar (2013)

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Seol Chan, a member of Korea's most popular K-pop boy band Men in Black, is provoked into pushing one of his crazy fans, and when that goes viral, his reputation plummets. As damage control, his agency tells him to quietly attend school for a while. Meanwhile, Se Yi, a new transfer student from New Zealand, draws attention in the school for both her talent and oddness. Misunderstandings occur between Seol Chan, Se read moreYi, and their other classmates. But in the midst of all the chaos, these students find a common interest which connects them to each other: music. As they gather together to sing and play the music they love, they learn to soothe the pain inside them, and to open each of their souls.

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Aug 5, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I really loved this drama and the unexpected yet delightful turns the characters took. The music throughout and how it pertains to each scene is really well selected and pivotal to whats taking places. You pretty much fall in love with all the students in each episode. The only downside to this drama is that it shoulda been at least 16 episodes long. There were so many interesting lines in the water read more storyline wise that it seemed to me a thrown together mess in the final episode 12. I was shocked to find it was only 12 episodes and I was like how are they gonna wrap this up and honestly it was too much thrown in the last hour.

There was just not enough time to resolve any if all of the storyline issues. I was HUGELY disappointed in Sun Woo / Kim NaNa relationship never getting a chance to start after such a build up. I found once started Yoon Sul Chan / Min Se Yi were kinda the secondary characters for me I really wanted Sun Woo and NaNa to get together they had huge chemisty and their story of the girl from the wrong side of the tracks falling for the class Pres should have been developed more. Heck I woulda watched a complete drama of just those two's romance.

And what was the point of bringing back Se Yi's mother and starting her storyline of the past with Han Ji Woong so late in the game? All it did was raise too many last minute questions about Se Yi and if he was her real father. And the Aunt who was always battling with the Gym teacher I thought more would come of them and their past together.
There was so much greatness in this drama between the casting the music and the writing so as a fan / follower of the series you felt you got huge unresolved whiplash in how episode 12 was thrown at you and none of the storyline gave you any answers at all. This had such potential to be so more greater then what you ended up with and I find that truly sad.

I feel this drama and cast demand for a second season and I doubt in drama style we were ever get one. I was hopeful with MNet and this being their first drama series that they would maybe surprise me and bring this cast back for a second season.

I'd probably rewatch certain scenes for the music but over all I find it father sad and I'll mourn the loss of what might have been in the story.
I so wanted the kid "Radio" to face off with his bully.
I so wanted Sun Woo and Kim NaNa to get together.
I would have liked to see what the whole real attraction was for every guy in that school to chase Se Yi cause that sheep girl only had outbursts in bullying situations but never really said ANYTHING other then "Huh" and "What" every time Sun Woo or Sul Chan spoke to her. Honestly what was her appeal??? lol.
And No Min Woo ~ STEALS the show in the last 10 minutes you so wanted to see more of him in any way shape or form. I was watching this and was like "Ahhhhh!!! That's No Min Woo!!!"
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Aug 10, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Story: There were many mini-plots in this drama that had to do with each character and that's what I liked about it. It was a group of friends who had their problems, whether it be intertwined with each other or their individual problems. With a short 12 episodes, you go through the journey of these kids that did not associate with each other in the beginning to their friendship in the end. read more However, I do admit, it became slow-paced in the ending and it lost a little of its spark, and the last episode did feel rushed. The ending was realistic of how it ends.

Cast: I really believed that Junhyung did a good job portraying emotions. But the whole cast, it was kind of awkward to watch at first, but then you get used to it. They were great for being rookies.

Music: The point of the whole drama was to bring music (since it was from Mnet) into it and I think Monstar did it really well.

Overall: For me, Monstar was just a very light drama to watch. It's a drama to help you pass time and to be entertained. It doesn't get too dramatic, and /if/ it does, it doesn't last long. I would recommend to watch if you have nothing to do and want to watch just a short cute and fun drama. It's all about the journeys that the characters went through from the beginning to the end.
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Both dramas are music and friendship. Young people trying their best to find their place in this world. Innocent & sweet.
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both dramas are similar in the sense that both the mains are going to a music school and play some sort of instrument.
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    Miyuu Aug 31, 2015

    LOVE this Drama

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    Naya Watkins Aug 30, 2015

    this drama was extremely dull
    like I'm a person who if they start a drama they always end it no matter what
    but thank god it was only 12 episodes or I would have dropped it

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    Eva Novalin Jul 20, 2015

    Yong jun hyung looks like rafael smash <3 ^_^

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    maral Jul 12, 2015

    I loved it...

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    Carmen alexandra Jul 5, 2015

    Should I watch it? why?

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    kamigate Apr 19, 2015

    man i really liked the drama

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    Nisha Feb 25, 2015

    well for me it was a drama which was like enjoy the ride but don't focus to much on how this ride will end.... it is kind of unfinished in my eyes.... but i still liked it because some scenes were so amazing...
    the songs..the feels...the acting.... i enjoyed them a lot :)
    it was not perfect but it doesn't have to be....
    but there is one question which doesn't go out of my mind. why is this drama called monstar? can someone explain it to me?

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      I think the ending was like that because I read some where that there was supposed to be a second season to it but Da Hee (Nana) was sent to jail this year so it won't be happening anytime soon or maybe there isn't going to be a second season at all.

      I honestly had a love hate relationship with this drama haha

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      Nisha Mar 16, 2015

      oh reall that's a pity :( because now it is not really finished nor continued....
      oh, i read about da hee... she was really good in her role -.- well wasted talent i guess... that is really bad luck for those who wanted a better ending i guess. with a second season it would have had maybe one...
      haha yeah? hahah

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    Human Feb 6, 2015

    To be honest the enjoyment almost hit zerp >_> It had a potential but everything else was a bit "boring" and dragging sometimes

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    MisaKai Jan 17, 2015

    color bar win or lose? that final was O__O

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      bLoodYThoughtS Feb 1, 2015

      as what she says "Guess!" .. it's up to you who do you want to win ...

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    jellyfishdrama Dec 16, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Jeah Boyles Nov 25, 2014

    how can i watch it??

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    Jelena96 Nov 4, 2014

    I don't get the end .__.

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    alice Oct 18, 2014

    i love the cast but the history sucks

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    abracadabra Oct 8, 2014

    The drama soundtrack is the best part of it. Everything else was... hmmm. The story had great potential, but most of it remained unclear. Also, the bunch of interesting characters were undeveloped, useless ... They should, at least, make some kind of epilogue... About acting skills - main couple was the weakest point, especially the idol guy...

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    pantouflard Sep 28, 2014

    or how Kim Na Na is too cool and Jung Sun Woo too blind


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    May 17, 2013 to Aug 2, 2013
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    1 hr. 25 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 5,466 users)
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