Bromances Of 2017 Kdramas (Part 1)



Annyeong, chingus!

The problems with writing 'Top 5 (insert anything drama related here) of (insert year)' articles is the fact that a lot of potentially good ones are left out because you're only choosing the best ones. So, I had this brilliant (okay, maybe not ^^) idea to break that article into three parts (or four, if required). That way, hopefully, we'll be able to encompass all the possible options and not just the great/ best ones. So here we go!

Who doesn't love bromances, right? If bromance is written and acted in a good way, it has the potential of making (with its exceptions) a great drama out of a good one, a good drama out of an enjoyable one, an enjoyable drama out of a bearable one and - well, you get the gist. With time, we are starting to see more and more bromances in dramas, and that's a very welcomed aspect!

The year 2017 has so far blessed us with many bromances. Some we loved, some we liked. So here are those bromances:

Note 2: For this article, I'm only considering the dramas that began and ended in 2017I've only included the dramas that have already ended - aside from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which is almost over - as well.

# Yoo So Joon & Kang Ki Doong (Tomorrow With You)

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Yoo So Joon is a time traveler. And aside from the mysterious ahjussi, Kang Ki Doong is the only person who knows this secret. They are best friends, and it shows throughout the drama. 

Can this actually be considered a bromance? I'm not sure. But I'm putting it here just in case. If this was a bromance, it sure wasn't a memorable one. Yes, their friendship was nice and they had their moments. But that's about it. 


# Ahn Min Hyuk & In Gook Doo (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)

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Ahn Min Hyuk is the CEO of Ainsoft, where Bong Soon works, and In Gook Doo is Bong Soon's childhood friend. There is a lot going on between the three of them. But aside from the obvious love triangle, the two men also get involved in their own bromance, which made quite a few hilarious moments for the viewers.

I feel cheated. When the promotional stills, videos, and BTS were released, there was this buzz, and I admit I was swept away in it too, that we were going to this brilliant bromance. But frankly speaking, we didn't. Sure, there was something in the first few episodes.(I say 'something' because I'm not sure if the drunk dance thing was actually bromance. It could be, but since I'm not sure, I'll leave it to you to decide.) Not to mention the fact that about half of those bromance moments were in someone's imagination. Does that count? Again, I'm not sure. Adding to that is the factor that after about halfway through the series, their characters hardly ever interact. So the bromance, at least for me, fell flat.

Don't get me wrong, the drama is really good, the romance is adorable. It's just the bromance I'm disappointed in.

[Based on 12 episodes released so far. So, if any bromance moment happens in the last four episodes, which seems unlikely, my rating will change accordingly.]


# Choo Nam Ho & Kim Sung Ryong (Chief Kim)

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Kim Sung Ryong enters TQ as the new Chief of Business Operations and Choo Nam Ho is suspicious of him at first (well, he's not the only one). But as time passes, he slowly begins to admire and respect Sung Ryong. Nam Ho respects him because Chief Kim was able to do something that he could never do because he lacked the courage. From thereon, Nam Ho begins to help Chief Kim in his shenanigans - ehrm, I meant his "world-changing plans."

Again, not sure if this one could be qualified as a bromance. But I considered it one, so I'm putting it here. Nam Ho and Chief Kim's relationship couldn't be described in one word. Sometimes he was a mentor (giving him work related advice), sometimes a father, sometimes a wife (cooking for him and taking care of him). Their moments were very enjoyable to watch.


# Park Myeong Seok & Chief Kim (Chief Kim)

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Myeong Seok is the bratty son of the chairman of TQ Group. His father always belittles him because of his behaviour. He wants things to go his way, even if he has to intimidate others into doing it. Chief Kim is the first person who stands up to him and shows him that social hierarchy isn't everything.

This wasn't a particularly strong bromance. Which is obvious, because this wasn't the main bromance. But it wasn't any less enjoyable. I, for one, always looked forward to their interactions. At first, it was because their scenes were so hilarious, but then they changed to heartwarming. Both characters changed so much from the first time they encountered each other, and it was just so pleasant to see. Unlike the main bromance, which maintained its love-hate aspect to the end, this one turned more heartwarming after about the halfway (more or less) mark.

I consider Myeong Seok to be a good, if not one of the best examples of character growth and development in a drama. And we can't deny the fact that part of his personality change was definitely because of Chief Kim. So what if he scared him into it?


# Seo Yool & Chief Kim (Chief Kim)

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(Yes, another Chief Kim bromance.)

Seo Yool and Chief Kim (a.k.a. Gluttonous Sociopath and TQ's Psycho, respectively)  stand sometimes on the same side of the line, other times on the opposite. But regardless of where they stand, they always manage to have some bromance moments.

Definitely the best bromance of 2017, so far! If you enjoy love-hate bromances, then this is your thing. If you don't, you're still going to love them! They are just so cute together. All their bromance moments are hilarious and immensely enjoyable. Lots of kissing and other actions too. *wink, wink* 



These are the bromances that I haven't gotten the chance to see. Yet. I found out about them browsing the internet and from my fellow MDL chingus. Since I haven't seen them, naturally, I can't rate them. So I'll leave rating them to the people who have actually seen them.

# Eun Hwan Ki & Kang Woo Il (Introverted Boss)


                                      # The Cellmates (Defendant)


# Seo Jun Oh, Lee Yeol, and Choi Tae Ho (Missing 9)



The ratings are according to my personal opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree with them and rate them according to your own enjoyment! If you think I forgot any, make sure to comment! 

Which bromance was your favorite of 2017 so far?

So, that's all for the first installment. Hopefully, I'll see you in a few months with the second part of this article. Till then, let's pray to the drama Gods that more good bromances keep coming our way!

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    minyoung 18 days ago - edited

    FOr defendant, the bromance is not the kind of bromance that makes you ship them with each other. It's the kind of bromance that makes you treasure and cherished relationship

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    Cactus28 May 19, 2017

    Goblin: Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook <3

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    Adam_from_England Apr 24, 2017

    I know it's still fairly early into the year and I could be biased. But Chief Kim has by far been the best thing I've seen so far, Would even go as far as saying it's better than anything from last year also. Comedy and Seriousness are perfect to the point where there is no OOT stuff to ruin it while the serious stuff still makes you want to keep watching.

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    Lucy Apr 22, 2017

    Since the only show I have seen from the list is Strong women Do bong Soon, I agree with your rating. I would rather say there is no bromance at all. The only thing that link this two is their love to the girl and her love for them. They are practically enemies till the end.
    I gotta say I was expecting a real bromance from the show but it seems like it's the first "realistic" show about love triangle. I never understand triangles with cool friendship between the two guys. I mean I like bromance but only if it's without stupid love triangles.

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    Rama-Rama Apr 22, 2017

    TOTALLY agreed on "tomorrow with you" and "Introverted boss" <3 <3 <3

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    dramalalaland Apr 20, 2017

    FYAAAAAAAS Chieft Kim and Seo Yool (人´∀`).☆.。.:*・°
    I hope to see the bromance in Tunnel on your next article ゚.+(〃ノωノ)゚.+°
    Park Kwang Ho x Kim Sun Jae

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    Bea Bibs Apr 20, 2017

    Watching Chief Kim due to this article. Enjoying every moment of it! Thank you <3

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    naccu Apr 20, 2017

    All the bromances in Chief Kim are fabulous <3 <3

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    ARISTO Apr 20, 2017 - edited

    "# The Cellmates (Defendant)"
    lmaooooooo yes. the whole drama is great overall, too.

    i actually had no idea about Chief Kim at all which is so weird because i really, really like Goong Min, so thank you for including it! i'm totally gonna go check it out. looking forward to seeing the sociopath and the psycho~ ahahhaha

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    Thevilone Apr 20, 2017

    Go Chief Kim!!! Best bromance I've seen. Those who haven't watched, guys you should. You'll love it!!

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    sunah Apr 19, 2017

    Oh, the amount of times a day I convince myself not to rewatch Chief Kim are too damn high

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    FabuLoUsZanoby Apr 19, 2017

    The Cellmates (Defendant) is my best ♥

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    Klaudia Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    What about Goblin?

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      Imber Apr 19, 2017

      That's 2016 and rated highly, as far as I know. :)

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    userbmc Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    Your article made me want to watch Chief Kim, maybe I'll give it a try :)
    Best bromance here that I saw I think it is Defendant. I liked the cellmates very much.
    I didnt like the introverted boss bromance very much because I had a problem with Woo Il personality, so... I didnt like him... Missing 9 was so confusing for me that I cant talk about it anymore lol
    The best bromance ever I think is Goblin and Grim Reaper, for me is better than the romance between Goblin and Eun Taek.
    Maybe we'll see a bit of bromance in Chicago Typewritter! I hope so!

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      kimchiinitaly Apr 19, 2017

      Chief Kim is definitely a must watch. Both the actors and writers did a great job with this drama. And I agree with the Goblin-Grim Reaper bromance.

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      kez Apr 19, 2017

      Go watch Chief Kim!!!!! Every episode is funny, you won't regret!!

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      naccu Apr 20, 2017

      Chief Kim is a must watch indeed <3

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      Iffah Apr 20, 2017

      I agree, the bromance in goblin is the best hahah
      omg I want some bromance in chicago typewriter too! i love yoo jin oh's character so much lol :D

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    Banada6 Apr 19, 2017

    My favorite topic .really good love it . Chief kim bromance is one of the best <3

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