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The Guardians
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7 hours ago
7 hours ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This is one of the most interesting show I've seen in a while especially for political corruption story. It grabs you by your heart an drags you all the way to the latest episodes, it keeps you at the edge of your seat. The cast is refreshing and the soundtrack is very nice. I have a bit of an issue with some of the acting but that's a personal view on it. read more Otherwise, I believe that I will be rewatching it.
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Shopping King Louis
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14 hours ago
14 hours ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I just finished re-watching Shopping King Louis because I wanted something that would be a nice break from all the melodrama that my other shows are currently going through. This kdrama is light and fluffy, like popcorn or cotton candy. Seo In Guk as the sheltered chaebol amnesiac Kang Ji Seong/Louis. He's bright and naive and delightful and beautiful. Nam Ji Hyun plays Go Bok Shil, the country girl who comes to read more Seoul to find her missing brother and crosses paths with Louis who is homeless and can't remember anything about himself. These two just fit together and there's never really a moment's concern that either of the second leads will come between them. Yoon Sang Hyun as curmudgeon Cha Joong Won is over the top and hilarious. The back and forth jealousy between him and Louis over Bok Shil makes me laugh every damn time. Seo In Guk is a joy to watch as Louis learns about the world while searching for his identity. Everything in this drama is over the top enough to actually veer into the category of caricature, but it does so in such a way that I never felt cheated when watching it.

I would definitely watch this again when I'm in the mood for a feel good time. I still give it overall 10 stars, even though I give the story only 8.5. Nothing in the story breaks ground, but the paths it treads are familiar and comfortable.
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Buang Hong
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15 hours ago
15 hours ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Overall... this drama was great ! I heard lots of bad reviews but I still watch it because I love the main couple. I give this drama a 9/10 because the story line was very good, love chemistry was adorable, and the acting hits me so much, like I feel all the emotions that the main girl Pin had. The 1/10 was that I wanted more, more of the love chemistry and read more less rush of the drama. The drama was short. It would've been better if the love ending extends more. I love how this drama sort of connects with another drama's characters!! Okay not trying to spoil anything ! This drama is a watch ! By the way, the main girls character was not annoying to me because I really do see that in real life me, personally watching the drama I learned a lot from her and the character is very strong with a kind mind. Thanks for reading my review !
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Goblin
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22 hours ago
22 hours ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This drama is so amazing! I can't even express with my words how I feel about this drama. It has everything you could want, drama, romance, sorrow, happiness, plot twists, and so much more. The music was beautiful, it always fight perfectly with the scenes it was chosen for. I probably went though at leased 3 boxes of tissues from my happy and sad tears. If your not into historical dramas the read more only parts that are historical are at the beginning to set up the background of Kim Shin and etc. The cast all were perfect for their chosen parts. I found the acting superb. personally my favorite character was the Grim Reaper. As you progress in the episodes you bond deeply with each character as their stories are laid out in front of you. Different obstacles arise for the characters and you get to see them get though it and it's dramatic all the way. The ending was well rounded and perfectly executed. It didn't leave me unsatisfied or confused at all. I only have good things to say about this drama and it will forever be my number one favorite. Highly recommend everyone to watch this because it, you won't regret it.

Thanks for reading my review this far, if you have! :)
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Q10
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22 hours ago
22 hours ago
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Q10 is a robot girl-student boy drama, with nice side stories and interesting adventures of the robot girl. The messages that cross through are deep, though the drama tries to keep a light mood throughout the drama. Also, the mystery of the girl's origins is entertaining to follow, though, I confess, in the end I didn't get it. In addition, the love story was a bit odd, as the girl couldn't actually read more express feelings and the boy just happened to realise that he was in love with her. Another thing that bothered me was the girl's voice that was kind of annoying. I would have overlooked it, if it was her own voice, but when she talked as a girl, her voice was normal. Other than that, her performance was really good, pretending to be a robot that learns the way societies work and how to behave. The boy's performance was okay as well. So, 5 out of 10.
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Missing 9
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by Emma
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22 hours ago
22 hours ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
I found Missing 9 to be just the drama I was looking for after having watched quite a few super happy and deeply romance based dramas. It kept me engaged and wanting more the whole time. It had many twists and turn that are completely unexpected. The story was pretty good and was upheld itself well. I liked that they didn't just shove all the information about every character at you at read more once, they slowly added upon it each episode with flash backs.
NOT A SPOILER!
The only part I was disappointed about was the ending. I was the most random thing ever. It just didn't fit well with the rest at all and then the main love interest I found my self shipping never really happened. What?!! It was just so weird, but the rest was great and the ending is the only part that really takes away critical points for me from my rating. I watched this drama in a little over two days. The storyline just hooked me in and there was no escape. Anyway, many parts left me in shock and I can see myself re-watching this with a friend who hasn't seen it before just to see their reaction to plot twists that left me shocked.

Thanks for reading my review if you have gotten this far. :)
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Admittedly, I almost skipped this show as I was never a fan of Yang Zi or Qin Jun Jie before. In fact, I very much disliked her role in Ode to Joy, and was not impressed by either one of them in The Legend of Chusen (which I watched because of Zhao Li Ying). It was therefore coincidental that I picked up this show, and I am glad I did as I read more could not stop watching ever since.

Acting/Cast and Rewatch Value
Both outperformed in this role and their chemistry is magnetic. It seems like this role brought the best out of them or suits them incredibly well. Their scenes are incredibly sweet and entertaining. I therefore give them a 9, as I've never given a 10 before, except for the rewatch value of this series. Usually, if I have difficulty letting go of a series, rewatching the relevant parts helps so I feel like I have gotten enough of it. But the chemistry of the main couple and the 'light' story makes it easily rewatcheable and hard to let go.

Music and Story
There are a few good songs and the story is nice so I've given both an 8. The opening song stays and there is a beautifully romantic song during the series that is applicable. But there aren't too many songs and the ending song only starts appealing at some point after it was introduced in a relevant scene. The story itself is nice but the contrast between serious/heavy parts and light parts is at times too big which does not seem realistic at times. Especially when you expect something important to happen. Sometimes the story goes too slow and after 12 episodes I wondered, is that all? Whereas the 12 episodes before or after were very exciting.

I am only disappointed with the ending as an important part is missing according to the trailer. There is also no certainty if the series will continue with a sequel (as it depends on whether this one was successful), with the same cast (whether they are all available at the same time). I really liked Yang Zi and Qin Jun Jie together, and the other casts portray a believable performance as well. I think most people are well cast, except the Grandmother, who speaks a bit strange.

Overall, I give it an 8,5 as there are only a few series I have given a 9 to. 10 is perfect and I have never given it before.
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Cheese in the Trap
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23 hours ago
23 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
This was a very engaging story. Everything that happened added onto your perspective of each character. At first each character is a mystery but as you move on you discover things in their past in flashbacks or their actions that either make you like them more or question your pervious outlook on them. This drama was a good mix of happy, sad and exciting moments. Sometimes I would cry and other times read more I would be sitting up bouncing up and down with excitement during a scene.
NOT A SPOILER!
The only thing that really bothered me is the outcome of the romantic storyline for Hong Seol. It just let me down because I waited for a decision/outcome to happen. You will have to watch to see what I mean and this might not bother everyone. It's just that I watched 16 episodes just to be unsatisfied with the end? Anyway on another note it was very dramatic. It had me at the edge of my seat unable to blink because I didn't want to miss anything. Watching this is your decision but be warned the ending is in my opinion not very good. It just felt unfinished, but their is not doubt that all the actors were the perfect choices.

Thanks for reading my review, if you have gotten this far! :)
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Heartstrings
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This was a trademark k-drama so further review can't really be considered spoilery as it happens in basically every drama.

However, If you can live with or it doesn't bother you that:
1. The good ones, as usual, get all walked over by bad ones who don't get any punishment or retribution, everyone's all friends afterwards instead of getting burned alive.
2. Drama adds totally unnecessary drama just to drag it longer read more and so it certainly dragged the last 3 eps instead of flowing nicely (thou not that the added drama was draggy, it went well... but could've done without it)
3. The completely unreasonable break up. I'm not even gonna comment on that one.

THEN if you can overlook those 3 above, I would recommend watching it cuz I truly enjoyed Heartstrings up till end of ep 12 when noble idiocy took place and it annoyed me to anger. Had someone warned me of it I would've been prepared & not as angry, could've just rolled my eyes and munched on popcorn while cussing them XD

It was fun, the music was great & the main leads were great :)
Even with the trademark wide eyed & stiff act from heroine whenever kiss is involved.

#3 has now made me rather vengeful, cuz I don't even remember which drama it is by now that has all the 3, well, 4 if we count stiffness too, trademarks that could totally be done without as it only ruins the drama for me. I really wanna find a drama where for once when the idiot who breaks up with their loved one for their own good aka so that loved one could achieve whatever, they wouldn't get back together and the loved one would find new love & live happily ever after, while the idiot who decided to break up for the better & let go instead of holding on & not letting go, would then wallow in misery. Would totally serve him/her right.

So yeah, while I liked the drama, the #1-3 has ruined it for me and not gonna watch it again.
Goody two shoes are overrated, stand up for yourself and don't be a well meaning sacrificial idiot either!
If they had left out the mess and had this ending, I would've re-watched it again, but now it's barely worth watching once.
Plot was good, actors did good, music was good too, so I'd say watch it once and see for yourself. At least till ep 12 and if you can tolerate not breaking your laptop (which I somehow managed) watch the last 3 eps too just to see them on screen or if you're already used to this kind of k-drama or maybe if you like the added drama :p

And also watch it cuz Shin really was a great boyfriend, for that alone it's worth to see ;D
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  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
My first review but goddamn I had to make an account just for this show
I haven't watched many JDramas, but I have sure as heck seen a crap ton of romcom anime. The first ep was as close to an anime as it got. This show is simultaneously serious, heartwarming and funny. Without further ado, let us start the review.

Story:
The story starts of kinda cliche. This aint the first read more drama to incorporate contract marriages. But lo and behold, as the story progressed it kinda delved into new ground. (Thankfully) The drama was able to stay away from common cliches such as blatant love triangles, awkward and funny situations just for the heck of it, etc etc. Some cliches were hinted at but managed to move away from that.

PROS: Not only is the story pretty fresh, character relationships were pretty well developed and complex as well. Unspoken feelings (practically one of main themes of this show) were abundant. But that's what makes the show's ending work so well. You get to learn and think about real life questions that affect society today.

CONS: Honestly, some times the side story with the side characters took up a bit more screen time than I hoped. Maybe I'm selfish for wanting to see the main couple but I felt that side character stuff could've been a bit less as it made the story go stale for a while.

So - 9.5 points off for dragging a bit + minor plot holes

Acting/Cast:
Whew where should I start. First of all, Gen Hoshino and Yui Aragaki really did an outstanding job portraying their characters. They really captured the "35 year old virgin engineer" and "25 year old determined jobless graduate" pretty well. (Ok my description of Mikuri was lacking but yea). Their portrayals were realistic and not too stiff.

PROS: ok. GAKKI IS JUST TOO MOTHERF**KING CUTE. AHHHH. ok. Now that's done with yes. Yui Aragaki was literally the living reincarnation of Asian cuteness in this drama. Her cute moments really made me smile stupidly as I watched the show. Surprisingly, her emotions weren't too stiff in the show which shows her growth as an actor. As Moriyama Mikuri, she acted well with good emotion and skill. Also, her daydream scenes are SUPERB. So original and funny.
Gen Hoshino also shows up later in the TV show as a good actor. (lol one line for Hoshino-san)

CONS: Gen Hoshino in the first couple episodes. Yup. It was kinda obvious to me that this dude definitely did not act for a living the first few episodes. His emotions and motions were stiff, and generally just a bit off. Yes, the character he was playing was an awkward virgin, but still, it felt unnatural somehow. He does go on to get better and better tho.

So - 9.5 points off bc of Gen Hoshino early on


Music:
Hell yea boi. Dat ending Koi Dance was one of the best endings to an TV episode I have seen in a while. I kept me engaged in the show even after it ended which is good. It gets really catchy and brainwashes you within a couple episodes. (mune no naka ni aru kara.. )

PROS: Koi by Gen Hoshino + the Koi Dance. Really well thought out dance that looks random at first until u start to dance with em. It upped the show's cuteness factor once again. BUT other than Koi, the BGM/background music of the show was pretty damn good too. When certain music cues up in the later episodes, you can know that either an funny or emotional moment is about to happen. The piano + string music in the background really hits the ball straight to my heart. Yea. It's absolutely wonderful.

CONS: ?_? not really.

So - 10.0 PERFECTO


Rewatch Value:
I have seen a couple episodes twice just because of heartwarming or funny that episode was. This show really leaves an impression and I would definitely rewatch it in the (near) future.

So - 9.0 affected by plot, I will need to skip parts that I felt were a bit dragging(aka side characters) during the first watch through.


OVERALL:
You bet it's 9.5. Close to a perfect romcom show that is able to discuss real issues in the society especially regarding women and becoming housewives. Yui Aragaki is cute af. Thanks! Happy watching!
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Introverted Boss
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1 day ago
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  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 3.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
First episodes are hard to swallow. The male lead is understandable, the female however is clingy, hard boiled clueless vengeful character. It's too demotivating. The story is definitely something. I just dont like first three episodes that doesnt click a complete idea.
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It Started with a Kiss
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
this was my very first drama when i was in middle school
joe chen and ariel line really good actor.
even tough there is so many version/remake for this drama
i think the taiwan version is the best.

i thought that you all already familiar with the story and know how its end.
But ISWAK is more detailed in every scene
and their acting really perfect. Ariel lin's acting suit the fool read more xiang qin who pursue Zhi Shu!!!
this drama so funny with Ariel Lin as Qiang Qin. And the foolishness of xiangqin is really something, you must watch it yourself.

i've rewatch this drama for hundred times whenever i get bored with those new drama.
i think this drama is the best for you who crave a really fun romance comedy !!!

i am really in love with this drama
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Pretty Li Hui Zhen
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
This version is so much better than the original one. I dont know if its just me, but although the korean version had a great story line and famous actors, I found the entire show very exaggerated. With over the top hatred from the male lead, very very annoying female lead, but a total heartbreaker second lead. On contrary, this version felt a lot more heartwarming and maybe due to longer screen read more time, there is more space for the story development.

Compared to the original, Bai Hao Yu showed more feelings. The way he treats Li Hui Zhen was alot more sincere and although he was really mean, I liked how he also showed how conflicted he was between both ladies and that he had a soft side as well. (Like how he would always feel bad and try to make up to his mistakes) And most importantly, the hate was not directed due to her name.

Dilraba never fails to impress. She did amazing in portraying Li Hui Zhen. I always felt that the korean version was very annoying and loud. But LHZ was not. She is very realistic. All the rejections over the years and her changing looks made her lose any confidence she had in herself. She whines and complains but always pushed harder. She is true to herself but decides to change when she realises the need to improve.

Our second leads are the sweetest. The amount of tears Xia Qiao made me shed... The perfect best friend despite the struggles she went through. And Zhang Bin Bin!! How does he manage to be so sweet in every show? The mood maker of the show and everyone's dream guardian angel. Ah... The best second leads...

Everyone should give it a try as they remade the drama wonderfully. They shone a new light to it. It was made closer to the heart, more subtle and more sentimental. It is a very cute and light show. Though not an impactful show, it is a show to be rewatched when some sugar is needed in life. Cause it is like a fairytale: No evil characters. No hatred. Just sweetness, sympathy and a happily ever after. :)
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Secret Campus
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1 day ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.5
I was actually really surprised by this drama. At first, I wasn't really sure if I should give it a chance or not. It was an older drama and seemed rather outdated, plus it was about school so I was expecting the usual school romance tropes. It wasn't like that at all. In fact, it wasn't like any other Korean school drama I have seen, period.

Secret Campus was actually pretty realistic. read more It had the guts to tackle real, actual issues that teens face on a daily basis. I could relate to a lot of the issues because when I was their age, I went through many of the same things. Most school dramas are watered down and focus more on romance and drama. While Secret Campus did water down some of the more serious issues, the fact is, it actually *did* confront them, watered down or not. Besides telling the story of a group of high school friends and the pressures of getting good grades, it also dealt with bullying, grief, suicide and homosexuality. Each character had a story to tell, a problem to face and an outcome to take responsibility for. While some of the issues were less serious (such as the crushes on the teachers), it was showing that every issue was important to the person who was going through it.

The teen actors did an ok job playing the characters. Most never went on to do much else, but two did end up being mega stars. Park Bo Young was absolutely adorable here, though she was probably the weakest acting of the bunch. Keep in mind that she was very young and that it was her debut drama, so that's to be expected. Lee Min Ho's charisma makes him stand out, showing that even in the earliest days of his career, he had that special something. Even with the 2000's hairstyle and some acne, he was easily the most handsome of the guys. Seol Sung Min was really good and it's such a shame that he hasn't done anything since 2007. I was really impressed with his acting and would like to see him now. The same goes for Seung Hyun, who played the deceased Seung Jae in flashbacks. Unfortunately, he too hasn't done much else since.

I would definitely recommend this drama to anyone who is looking for a realistic Korean school drama. Just make sure you can deal with the outdated hairstyles! Also, one thing of note that really made it more realistic. All the teens actually look like teens in this. Real teens, too. There are no plastic faces and perfectly applied make up. Like I said above, you can even see Lee Min Ho's acne. I find this a major plus for the drama, but others might not.

All in all, I rated this drama 8/10.
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Mae Ka Khanom Wan
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1 day ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The storyline follows as was stated from the summary and were not given a bunch of unnecessary plot lines or problems. But aside from the storyline what I really enjoyed the most were the characters, both the main leads and the supporting characters.

Our niang'ek Baipei's character is different as she plays a tomboy. She's hotheaded, impulsive, yet she's also understanding. I enjoyed seeing her act impulsively and her little tricks but read more at time her character does get annoying towards the 2nd half of the lakorn. Whereas our Pran'ek is a mafia boss who wants to quit the mafia industry. We see his struggle and his poor decisions on that topic but aside from that his character is both charming and cute especially when he plays tricks on the niang'ek. It's nice to see how at time he tries to be direct with her so there isn't any miscommunication or misunderstanding. And another thing he's an obsessive brother who indirectly shelters/protects his sister.

Which goes on to our supporting character, who I ENJOYED the most in this lakorn. We have Fon (younger sister of the Pran'ek) and Mark (best friend with our niang'ek). I love these two character the most, especially Mark because he is everything, charming, understanding, mature, full of love. I love how he always works towards making Fon not misunderstand him and how he doesn't give up easily on loving/getting Fon.
Fon on the other hand, you kind of don't like her in the beginning but you come to love her as you see a growth in her character. I love how she works toward matchmaking our pran'ek and niang'ek together and also how she has Mark wrapped around her hands.

Next is our Niang'Rai--Nararee. Usually I hate these character as they're evil with lots of evil tricks up their sleeves BUT i have to say I loved her role as she's not the unbearable crazy niang'rai that we usually see in lakorn.

Sorry if I talked mostly about the characters but it was because they were what made the lakorn enjoyable. In this lakorn you get a very direct storyline, (meaning we will NOT be faced with unnecessary weird plot lines of a sudden amnesia or any other twist and turns) but we do get our typical misunderstandings, the poor decisions, getting injured, the evil schemes, miscommunication with one another, the hating then the loving back and forth thing. I'm trying to be very broad here as to not reveal any specific plots.

But personally for me what I enjoyed most from the lakorn were the supporting characters, especially Mark :)
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