Hi MDL'ers! The autumn is officially in full swing (for most countries at least) so let's see which dramas will mark this season. There are some really interesting and exciting dramas out there that have either already started airing or will start soon, and I must admit that I had a really difficult time choosing the most anticipated ones because there are way too many! Let's check them out now :)
NOTE: This article does not guarantee accuracy since information regarding these dramas can change in the future. The synopses have been taken from MDL respectively. Drama specials have been excluded on purpose.
Go Ae Rin is a single mother who, after unexpectedly losing her husband, gets involved in a spy war. She lives in the apartment in front of Kim Bon. Kim Bon, whose code name is Terius, is a legendary black ops agent for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) who has gone into hiding after disappearing without a trace. 3 years ago in a failed secret operation, he lost the woman he loved. Since then, Kim Bon has hidden away in his apartment, next to Go Ae Rin, isolated from the world around him and living in secrecy, trying to uncover the mystery behind what happened back then.
Genre: romance, action, drama
Jiew is a modest girl who works at a restaurant washing dishes and is in love with Artit, the chef. She huddles in a cramped little room doesn't sleep at night, and is always late for work. But she has a big secret: she sees ghosts. And Khaopun, a virgin ghost who doesn't understand why her soul can't go to heaven, doesn't leave Jiew alone. Khaopun is sure that only losing her virginity will help her to ascend to heaven, and therefore she uses Jiew's body to seduce Artit and achieve what she wants.
Genre: comedy, romance, supernatural/ghosts
A police redemption team consisting of a swindler, a fighter, an elite hacker and a talented driver are asked to take back property hidden away by criminals.
The driver, Cha Ah Ryung, grew up on the streets after being abandoned by her parents.
Starring: Song Seung Heon, Krystal
Genre: action, thriller
Genre: romance, drama, BL, gay
The drama tells the 12-year love story of how two young people with completely different personalities manage to find each other again. From the tender age of 20, to 27 years old, and then to the matured age of 32, will they find love for the third time?Starring: Lee Som, Seo Kang Joon
Genre: romance, childhood-friends-to-lovers
TBS, TV Tokyo, WOWOW
Each of three troubled women encounter a mysterious and charismatic man while travelling to Bangkok, Taipei, and Ho Chi Minh.
Starring: Miura Haruma
Genre: romance, adventure
Ruan Man Jun is a lawyer who helps her boyfriend escape bankruptcy, but gets in deep trouble because of it. Not only is she disbarred and her law license revokes, but she also has to serve time in prison. After her sentence is complete, she learns that her boyfriend has married someone else and it crushes her to the core. During the darkest times in her life, she encounters Tong Zhuo Yao, a man also bearing emotional scars from his past.
Genre: melodrama, romance
Twenty years ago, Yoon Hwa Pyung, a young psychic, born into a shaman family, learned about the powerful demon called "Son" (Guest). The demon possesses the power to control other demons and allow them to possess weak people. The possessed people go mad, kill their families, and stab themselves in the eye.
Han Se Kye is a top actress, also known as a troublemaker, with many rumours around her. To others, her life appears as a mystery, when in fact she is faced with a strange occurrence where she must change into a different body and new identity every once a month for a week. She encounters Seo Do Jae, a brilliant man who is an executive at an airline company. He seems to have it all, a perfect appearance, knowledge and a good job, but he has a secret too.
Genre: romance, supernatural
A remake of the American TV show, Suits.
Shogo Kai is an arrogant lawyer at one of the biggest law firms in Japan. He is excellent at his job and only cares about winning his cases. As a condition for him becoming a senior partner, his boss requests that he hires a young lawyer as an associate. Shogo Kai interviews a variety of prospects, but none really captures his attention until he meets Daiki Suzuki...
Genre: law, comedy, friendship
A TV series centred around the unfolding relationship between free and unpredictable yet dangerous Kim Moo Young, who is called a "monster". He is the first assistant in a Korean beer brewery who becomes a suspect when his girlfriend's suicide turns out to be murder. His life begins to change when he meets a kind, warm advertising designer named Yoo Jin Kang, who wishes to be Moo Young's safe haven.
Genre: melodrama, romance
This is about a lawyer named Eul Ji Hae Yi, whose body is switched with a prisoner residing in room No. 9 of a women’s prison. Ki Yoo Jin is Eul Ji Hae Yi’s lover and will play a critical role in returning her soul back to her body.
Starring: Kim Hee Sun, Kim Young Kwang
Genre: drama, fantasy, body switch, romance
Lee Soo Yeon and Han Yeo Reum are rookies who work at Incheon Airport. Soo Yeon dreamed of becoming a pilot, but his vision in one of his eyes was bad enough that he had to give up on his dream, he joins the general planning department. Yeo Reum begins to work in the CS management department at the airport. She wants to be a perfectionist, but her reality is a little bit different.
Genre: romance, drama
Genre: romance, drama, marriage, comedy
This is a love story between Akira Kuroiwa, a 14-year-old boy who knows nothing of love, and Hijiri Suenaga, his new 25-year-old homeroom teacher. One fated summer, Akira begins to realize he has feelings for Hijiri, but Hijiri has a long distance fiancee. The story follows the pair over the course of several years.
Genre: school, romance, taboo, age gap
30-year-old Shinkai Akira always smiles and she is perfect at work. She cares about those around her too much. 33-year-old Nemoto Kosei works as an accountant. He is friendly and popular among women. Nevertheless, he does not trust anyone and does not fall in love easily. Akira and Kosei meet at a bar and become attracted to each other.
Set during the early Showa period, Yakumo enters the world of rakugo (storytelling performance). He forms a friendship with talented storyteller Yurakutei. Yakumo admires Yurakutei’s talent and struggles to achieve his level of performance.
Genre: historical, drama, romance
Programmer Guo Xin Nian suddenly has a light bulb moment and becomes determined to create a mobile app that converts text messages into voice recordings before they are delivered. The new app soon becomes a hit with mobile users. However, Guo Xin Nian is ill-prepared for the competitive app development market and suffers several setbacks at the hands of competitors. With the help of friend-turned-lover Na Lan, Guo Xin Nian is eventually able to learn from his mistakes and start afresh as a true entrepreneur.
Genre: business, drama, romance
When a family was unjustly massacred by a great general, a young boy named Ning Que escaped. He managed to survive in the wilds through his wits and committing murder. One day, he dug out from a pile of corpses a little girl, Sang Sang. Since that day the two of them are inseparable. Ning joined the frontier military and eventually become part of the entourage of Princess Li Yu, as she travelled back to the capital. He managed to discover the hidden school known as the Upper Storey, which leads him and Sang Sang to many wondrous adventures.
Genre: historical, fantasy, romance, adventure
The supernatural love story about Runway, an ordinary high school boy, who has been having nightmares since his father passed away when he was very young. However, when his father’s dreamcatcher was hung over his bed, his nightmare turns into a good dream. That is when he meets P’ Dream in his sweet fantasy.
Genre: fantasy, romance, BL, gay
To take care of the increasingly-rampant international drug trafficking organizations, a joint team was formed.
Suspicions and betrayals surround both parties, and among the key players are a gangster with multiple identities and a war prisoner.
Genre: action, thriller, crime
This is a travel romance drama that tells the story of a man and a woman who spend 12 nights together during their three trips.
Genre: romance, drama
The drama revolves around people in their teens who experience love, homosexuality and heartbreak for the first time.
Genre: romance, drama
The story follows a fairy, who, after losing her clothes while bathing, meets a woodcutter and marries him. After her husband’s accidental death, she waits for him to be reincarnated. She is a 699-year-old barista, and to ordinary people, appears very old, but to special people, she appears young and also has the ability to converse with plants.
Genre: fantasy, comedy, romance
Tells the story of Cha Soo Hyun, a woman who has never been able to truly lead a life of her own. As the daughter of a prominent politician, she is forced into an unhappy marriage with the heir to a wealthy conglomerate at a young age, and she eventually ends up getting divorced.
Genre: romance, drama
Orachun, a millionaire, is a patient who falls in love with a nurse named Karakade. However, his love isn't easily reciprocated as Karakade follows the path of reality and not destiny.
Genre: romance, drama, rich-boy-poor-girl
Based on the true story, Kim Woo Jin is a stage drama writer while Korea is under Japanese occupation. He is married with children, but he falls in love with Yun Shim Deok. Shim Deok is the first Korean soprano. She records the song “Praise of Death” which becomes the first Korean pop song in 1926. Woo Jin and Shim Deok's fate ends tragically.
Genre: romance, historical, melodrama, tragedy
Yan Dong Ming used to be on the top of his career, a well-established music producer that's known for his love songs. However, the public has now completely lost interest in him. To extend his music dream, he ends up in Geng Hai Village under strange circumstances, a land isolated from the city and there, he met the "Planting Goddess" Tian Li Yun.
Genre: romance, comedy