History of the Salaryman
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2 hours ago
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  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Salaryman could have done with being split into two separate seasons in order to accommodate the two separate story arcs properly, but despite the change in tone halfway through Salaryman was still great watch.

Salaryman has one of the most capable female leads ever - probably the only capable female lead to enter the world of Dramaland. Baek Yeo Chi has both a spin and an unapologetic attitude; the girl is not read more afraid to use that sharp tongue of her's (which actually matches her sharp wit and mind). She uses the fact that people underestimate her to her advantage, manipulating the situation at hand in order to fulfill her motives and boy is it fun to watch.

I actually hated Jung Ryeo Won in My Name is Kim Sam Soon (yes, her character had cancer but I'm a terrible person), so I didn't really expect much from her Salaryman but she absolutely hit the nail on the head when it came to Yeo Chi. She managed to retain all of Yeo Chi's charms even when the character transitioned from selfish bitch to a bitch with humanity, and she also made the transition believable. I guess she's a good actress for making me hate her in Sam Soon and then make me love her in Salaryman.

The characters/actors in Salaryman were more fleshed out and developed than some aspects of the plot. When it was dominant, the satire was absolutely brilliant, winking at every cliche that was in the plot and doing it with much flair too - might I add.

However, after the halfway point the drama lost that satirical flair and slipped into melodrama (the good kind though). I wasn't too bothered by this, but the writer did try to include too many plot points that I feel he didn't have the time to completely wrap up thus leading important aspects to get glossed over. The ending didn't give me complete closure in regards to some legal aspects, the other main couple and male lead. Like most other dramas, in dramaland, Salaryman loses the chance to gain a perfect 10 because of the ending's failure to tie up all the loose ends in a nice little package.

Nonetheless, it is still worth the watch. Jung Ryeo Won's Baek Yeo Chi probably goes down as THE best K-Drama female in history.
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Tamra, The Island
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7 hours ago
7 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.5
Of all the (so far) 97 dramas I've watched throughout my 5 years of kdrama-watching.. I'd have to say this is the most underrated drama I've ever come across. Now, I know there are a lot of super good dramas and if you're still in the new-addiction phase this is an absolute must watch. It has all the classic introductions to the kdramaverse. The mean mom (although I kinda love her in read more this), the good boy, the bad boy, the best friend side character you secretly wished got the girl.. the innocent, poor female lead.. Now, if you've been in dramaland for a long time I would still suggest this drama because it's so underrated and won't be anything you're expecting.

The story line is, although a little plain.. sweet and cute and although there isn't much action to keep you interested.. the characters and their over-the-top personalities really keep you watching throughout the entire drama.
Each character has their own stereotype but are also evading their stereotypes at the same time. Although the "bad boy" is stuck up, self centered, and irritable, he's also cute, silly, dumb and hilarious as he sits smack-bam in the middle of what he assumes to be his own little world. As for the female lead.. she's your typical poor wannabe someone but is too lazy to do anything. She's a little stupid but surprisingly likable for such an incoherent character.
As for this William character.. well I have a lot to say about Americans in Korean dramas but.. even going so far as to compare his Americanness to the american characters in the drama King 2 Hearts.. he's one of my least-favorite American characters out of all the American characters in all the Korean dramas I've ever seen. Yes, you get the sweet, nice, second lead but he's a little too sweet and nice and.. stupid for me to enjoy. Despite this, his character kinda sits right in the middle of the storyline and he is necessary for all the good things to happen in this drama.

Music.
Yes, oh the music. Now when I first began this drama I kinda wanted to keep it on mute the entire time for fear that horrid song would replay yet again but after a while you begin to kinda become addicted to the bad theme song and you'll find yourself humming it later in the day after watching a few episodes. That aside, there are actually two more songs in this drama that aren't terrible. In fact, they're super pretty and "Your Tears" is probably at the top of my favorite ost list.

This drama has one heck of a plot-twist. And although it's nothing like Kill Me, Heal Me (if you haven't seen it I HIGHLY suggest you do, RIGHT NOW.. after you watch this drama) it's definitely pretty close. I think the main reason I like this drama is because, unlike a lot of dramas, there are a bunch of tiny plot twists intertwined throughout the drama. Although they're not big and life changing for the main characters.. they're little things that slowly open up new ideas and stories for each character to explore and I really love how that happens. If you go back to re-watch it (which I just recently did) you'll notice how they give little hints even so far in the beginning as episode one.. to what happens later in episode 12 or further down that road. There little plot twists that are hinted at in the beginning really make up the story and it's totally fun to rewatch even though I loved it the first time around.

As a last note, I want to say that the very first episode was kind of unbelievably boring and you really should stick around to at least episode three. It gets so much better and by episode 3 you really begin to like the characters and the relationships they have to each other.
I highly suggest this drama and really hope everyone who reads this review will stick to it and watch the entire drama and finally notice that this is one of the must underrated dramas EVER!! So spread the word and have your other fellow kdrama addicts come and enjoy it, too!
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Lovers
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7 hours ago
7 hours ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Based on the majority of the reviews for this drama I was actually excited to watch this, despite the relatively lower rating. I was REALLY into the drama for the first half: the gangster plot, the tragic romance, and even the goofy sidekicks with good intentions. Unfortunately the second half lost me. I think the 20 episodes was too long for the way this was executed. There are only so many lingering read more looks where the main leads are on the verge of tears until I end up yelling at the screen for them to DO something. The sad part is, when the characters finally take actions to get their happy endings I simply did not care anymore & ended up fast forwarding through the last few episodes. The only thing that kept me til the end was how the gangster plot unraveled with tons of action and not-so-happy-endings for everyone. I'm not sorry I watched it. It has been on my Plan-To-Watch list for a while now, so I get to check it off the list. Just a word of advice, the first 6 episodes are cute, quirky, and interesting. After that it turns into a melodrama times 10. So watch at your own risk.
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They Kiss Again
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8 hours ago
8 hours ago
  • Overall 3.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Hated this drama! Ariel was terrible! I mean she was stupid in It Started With a Kiss but in They Kiss Again she goes even beyond that. She acts so stupid that it just becomes annoying. In this drama she acted so dumb that it was so obvious that she was acting. The only point for watching this would be to watch Joe I guess.
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Falling for Innocence
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8 hours ago
8 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I am here for kyung ho. Ever since cruel city i fell for him and loved him even more in "smile you". Hes a very talented actor and hes more suited for serious roles but his laughter and goofiness will tickle you. Its a heard of story of heart transplantation and memory retention. Sung jung was great in iris nd prosecutor princess but lately her roles are not to par with her read more potential. Its like shes being stripped down, i need to see hernin a serious role this didnt do it for me. Its very rare that the bad guys are hot but joon hee as much as he was greedy and evil he was just good looking. I need to see him in something else. The cop lady was just entertaining she fit that role of over the top crazy lady. The subtitles are not all there so it was annoying some times and also theres a blooper at the graveside scene. Anyways good and captivating show
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9 hours ago
9 hours ago
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Martial arts movies aren't my cup of tea, but this one caught my attention because of Fan Bing Bing and Huang Xiao Ming. Long story short, this movie is a good time waster and that's about it. The story is a mess, the action is bad, the love story is bland, and the ending is ridiculous.

Story: The story was all over the place and most of the time I had no read more idea what was going on or who was one who's side. There was just so much going on. I was really disappointed because I expected this to be an action movie but instead it was more of a political intrigue movie, and a lame one at that. Now I have nothing against political intrigue, I actually really enjoy it for the most part, but this was just so lame. Things weren't explained properly and it was just so confusing. Maybe if I watched it again it would make more sense and I could get all the characters straight, but honestly for this type of movie a second viewing to understand the plot shouldn't be necessary.

Now let's talk about the action. I don't like martial arts movies because most of the time they seem to forget that gravity exists. And let me tell you, the concept of gravity didn't exist in this movie. People were floating around like fairies all the time. Besides that, the action scenes were lack luster and the editing was horrible. I felt no excitement when there was an action scene, which there were very few of, and most of them were during the last 30 minutes.

The love story was also noting special. It felt really forced and rushed. I didn't feel much chemistry between the leads which made me not really care about them.

The ending was also another huge let down. To be honest, I was so annoyed with this movie at that point that I started laughing at the end because of how awful the editing was. I think it was supposed to be this super tragic and romantic ending, but all it was was laughable and it left me with no answers to what ends up happening to everyone else.

The saving graces of this movie were the costumes and the scenery. both were really pretty and nice to look at.

Acting: Acting was good for the most part. The main leads did a good job with the little they were given from the script. Some of the side characters were a little rough around the edges.

Music: I don't have much to say here. It fit with the movie but it was nothing memorable.

Rewatch value: I won't ever rewatch this.

Overall: I guess this movie was a good time waster, if nothing else.
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The Girl Who Sees Scents
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10 hours ago
10 hours ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
This drama was really good at the beginning, but idk why I found it quite boring after episode 10-ish. Not the best drama but can be a good drama, the main couple was so cute though! The mystery was really intense but it is actually quite predictable who the serial killer is when I first watched. I recommend this to people who love rom-coms with a little bit of mystery! But I read more may not rewatch it again i just dk why lol :D okay maybe I would rewatch it when I'm really bored haha
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The Heirs
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11 hours ago
11 hours ago
  • Overall 3.5
  • Story 2.5
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 3.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I was really really excited when I heard lee min ho is going to have a comeback in 2013 after his last 2012 drama which I loved so much, 'Faith'. But.. this drama really disappoints me soooo much. Imagine how excited I was for this, but it's such a disappointment. The only reason why i finished this drama was the cute side couple, bona and chanyoung. But too bad, this drama was read more overrated. To people who says that heirs is the best drama, I would never understand you. Please stop wasting your time if you are going to try this.
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Wakamono Tachi
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11 hours ago
11 hours ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
such a good drama. rollercoaster of emotions every single episode. if you want to catch the feels every 5 minutes I suggest watching this.
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Changing Partners
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12 hours ago
12 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 2.5
I went into this movie not knowing what to expect. I'm not a big fan of affair movies and as the title tells you.. this is one hell of an affair movie. That aside.. I actually enjoyed it a LOT more than I originally thought I would. Being a big fan of Uhm Jung Hwa AND Lee DongGun, I had to watch it despite the story and low and behold.. I actually read more enjoyed it.

Like any other affair movie, the story has a very dramatic feel to it once you start it but isn't actually super dramatic and .. sad, which was much to my pleasure.

The acting was pretty darn fantastic and enjoyable. For those of you who are familiar with Lee DongGun's previous works, such as his dramas and such.. I'd say this is one of his better movies, knowing he's known to be in duds that really aren't worth your time. He really shown in this drama though, his feelings being written all over his face for his leading lady and that really is something to see. Uhm JungHwa always shines in her works so I have nothing more to say about her acting. As for the other two.. well that just leads into the next factor I'd like to address about this movie.

In every drama or movie you watch there are usually four main characters in the romance department. Obviously, the same goes for this movie. It's hard to watch a movie like this and not pick favorites. As I saw it, this movie really tried hard to give equal time to each couple and express the attraction between the couples equally but I really felt more involved in JungHwa and DongGun's romance than the other two. Although both couples really felt attracted to each other I have to say these were my favorites and were fun, sad and pretty to watch their love bloom as well as the drawbacks of having an affair. That heartrending decision they both (kinda) had to face.

As for the music, most of it was quite lovely and it all, I felt, fit into the scene that was occurring, making it either more dramatic, hyped up, or melancholy.

I'd rewatch this movie a year or so after I saw it, if I felt like this type of storyline again. It wasn't super entertaining to the point where I'd call it one of my favorite movies, but it was cute and romantic and I'd recommend it to a friend, rather than re-watch it myself, I think.

This movie isn't for everyone, I'd say. Those who don't enjoy affair movies, I'd definitely not recommend it seeing as it's about betrayal to your partner as well as a deep connection with another person you barely know.
The movie is also a tad racy and there are some nudity scenes so if you're younger than 15, I don't recommend watching it without your parents permission.
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EXO Next Door
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14 hours ago
14 hours ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Why you should watch this? Because...
...you are an EXO fan (this goes from official EXO-L to I-just-like-them-fan)
...you like spring-like fluffy and happy dramas
...you like it when there is not too much drama and when it's fast-paced
...you like cheesy and giggly love stories combined with cringe-worthy (in a positive way) humor ;D
If you are positive of ONE OR MORE of these reasons, then I definitely recommend this drama. read more What I like about EXO Next Door?
- it's kinda fluffy and has its own flavor (?) or own charme...
- It's EXO...so the "star-factor" is actually believeable XO
- The humor is really easy to understand and funny to watch
- Fast-paced!!!! (Well, the episodes are 15 minutes, what did we expect?)
- Some drama scenarios but it's kept in like a 10 minute time-frame
- It looks nice (and no, I don't mean "ooh look at the handsome...", I mean it has nice colors and a nice atmosphere
- (maybe surprisingly) there is (imo) good chemistry between the male lead and female lead
- funniest friendship ever!
- satisfying end
- good mix and alternation between drama-comedy-love story
- (almost) typical characters with cheesy lines and corny actions put together in an amazingly great way. Whoever wrote the script actually made it work out quite well.

What I dislike about EXO Next Door?
- sometimes too short (I would watch it even if it was 60 minutes per episode, seriously!)
- serious second lead syndrome!!! (says someone who loves first leads...but in the end I cheered for the 1st lead XP)
- Sometimes the humor may be too much or too over-the-top for some people
- for someone who seriously dislikes EXO, don't watch it. You can watch it even if you are no fan of them but not if you dislike them...
- some cringe-worthy acting (this time in a negative way)
- there was this one song the played again and again and again...and I can't hear it anymore...it's literally hurting to hear it after 16 episodes and all those weeks!!! (except for the repetition, the music was really good)

So, for the end note of my review: I soooo hope they make something like a season 2 one day, because I already miss watching it. EXO Next Door is definitely no must-watch drama and no rival to one of the 40 minute-episode dramas BUT I really think it has its own charme which makes it unique and I don't think there is any other drama like this out there...The main advice is the same as with (almost) every other drama: Watch the first 3 episodes, then decide...at least here that's only 45 minutes XD
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Ex-Girlfriend Club
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15 hours ago
15 hours ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
I think this drama is going to be on my all time favorite list..
I realy like that the story is diffrent than the usual poor-girl-rich-boy.. I'm a big fun of Song Ji Hyo, that's why I have high expectations regarding this drama.. I hope Soo Jin and Myeong Soo end up together..
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Nobunaga Concerto
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17 hours ago
17 hours ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I should clarify that I entered this drama knowing nothing of the original source material in manga form or its anime incarnation. I also know very little of this period of Japanese history, which is why I watched it with a friend who does and she pointed me in the right direction at times. That being said, as a drama on its own, it's very good. If you don't know much about read more Japanese history in this specific period, you may lose some surprise elements and get a bit lost in some situations, so I advice you to check some source. However, you don't get completely lost without it, but it's much better for the whole enjoyment of the drama to be aware of certain things.
When it comes to acting, this drama has a great cast overall. Oguri Shun does a great job but I particularly enjoyed Shibasaki Kou a lot in this one, and Mizuhara Kiko is always a pleasure to watch. I also loved the production design, costume design and photography; it seems like an amazing production for a drama, I have high hopes for the movie on that regard. Whoever was in charge of the costume design has my utmost respect, honestly.
The pace, for me, was a bit slow at times, which is why I'm giving it an 8. I feel like the first episode put me in a mood that was slowed down a bit when the drama was half way through, to pick up again in the last 2.
And, as a last comment, I'll say that people who are very much into Japanese history and want something 100% accurate, almost biopic like, you should watch this drama with a different perspective. It does respect history but, being the plot as it is, takes diversions and freestyles some facts and characters.
That being said, it's a very recommendable drama and definitely a high point for last year's releases.
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EXO Next Door
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17 hours ago
17 hours ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Ask a fangirl what their greatest wish outside of going to their idol's concerts and you'll probably get this answer, "I wish I knew him. I wish he lived near me." In reality, it would be rare (if not impossible) for this to happen, but in dramaland, logic can be put aside for 15 minutes, twice a week, and what is impossible becomes highly likely, probable, and enjoyable. EXO Next Door, then, read more delivered on this premise, and gave the viewer "the feels" of being that neighbor who gets to meet an idol.

Straight out of a fanfiction probably not so deeply recessed on the Internet, EXO Next Door's story bursts forth onto the screen in what is both cheesetastic and fantastic at the same time. Two simultaneous narratives intertwine: the girl next door to EXO cleans EXO's house and Chanyeol needs inspiration and seeks it in his grandfather's home. It's pretty simple, but things become more complicated. It's not an innovative story, but it's a cute one with a lot of sweetness, humor, and of course, one amazing bromance.

The story of EXO Next Door was brought to the screen by some solid acting. Actually, the performances of the EXO boys (in particular, Chanyeol, Kyungsoo, and Sehun) surprised me. Chanyeol's portrayal of a character that was less "Happy Virus" and more "Grumpy Gus" was quite interesting and kind of sexy. Do Kyungsoo impressed me once again. The way he says some lines made me melt and cry. Sehun was the biggest surprise. He was witty and funny (I often describe his character as a cross between Perry Park and Oh Ri On from Kill Me, Heal Me). Moon Ga Young's Yeon Hee was a bit shaky in the beginning, but warmed up nicely and had some great facial expressions. Because of the acting and comedic timing, EXO Next Door made an "okay" story shine a little brighter.

What can I say about the music? It's Baekhyun's first OST track, and Baekhyun's sweet, but strong voice gave a nice hand to the music.

Overall, EXO Next Door wasn't a masterpiece; it wasn't a game-changer; it wasn't devoid of tropes and cliches. However, it was the fulfillment of a dream sequence; it was a fanfiction come to life; it was an answer to a fangirl's questions, "What would it be like to live next door to my idol?" For that, and that alone, it was great.
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Falling for Innocence
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21 hours ago
21 hours ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
TL;DR? Seriously amazing, you'd be crazy to take a pass on this drama.

I don't know what it says about me that I am always shocked by the actual genres of dramas once I start them. You'd think after being surprised enough times that I would do some more research, or just look at the genres listed on here. But no, I just look at a poster and read a description and read more if it tickles my fancy, I'm in. That's what happened with this drama. I saw the placeholder they had up on Dramafever, the one with Soon Jung in the middle and Kang Ho and Joon Hee on opposite sides pulling each other's hair. Then I read the description, and thought man, this is going to be absolutely hilarious.

I don't want to say I was wrong, because there are quite a few legitimately hilarious moments in each episode, and it does do a fairly good job of balancing levity with melodrama. But man, this drama made me cry several times. And not the dainty, one shining tear cry. The ugly kind of cry that makes your boyfriend look at you like you have finally gone insane, just as he had been expecting all these years.

So yeah, this drama knows how to hit you right where it hurts. Which sucks if you hate sad things, but is also kind of amazing because of how well the actors pulled off this story line. I mean, Dong Wook was just this character you couldn't help but fall in love with the second you saw him. He was so upbeat and cheerful and was willing to do anything to make Soon Jung smile. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have Kang Min Ho, a revenge-fueled egotist who would stop at nothing to take down his uncle's company, even by destroying countless people's lives. They were as opposite as can be, but shared a fate that would forever tie them together.

Then you have Joon Hee, the second male lead of the drama. I don't want to say too much about his character, but Yoon Hyun Min was just perfect for this role. I mean, just wow. Soon Jung was probably the weakest aspect of this show for me. While I did actually like her, I feel like at times she was a little plain Jane of a character. I'd have liked at least half as much character growth for her character as we saw for the male leads. Cause boy did their characters grow and change. Jung Kyung Ho's Kang Min Ho has to be one of my favorite male characters that I've seen in a long time. After his transplant, the change in him was instantaneous. It was so adorable watching him struggle with his new feelings and emotions, and even more adorable watching him try to woo Soon Jung.

My only complaint about this drama, and what kept it from a 10 in my book, is just how much they focused on the company. It got a little boring after a while, and extremely predictable. One side was going to cause an insane problem, and whoever the "good guys" were of the episode was going to find a way to fix the problem. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Overall, this drama was just exceptional, and the romance in it was just so much fun to watch. All of the side characters really did bring so much to the show, and the Wendy/Tinkerbell side story was entertaining. If you are a fan of romance and melodrama, this show should not be missed!
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