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rewatching love for loves sake
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Kimi to Nara Koi wo Shite Mite mo
19 people found this review helpful
by ando
Nov 3, 2023
5 of 5 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
This review may contain spoilers

MISSING THEM ALREADY!

I started this off with good intentions and I was right to do so! This series is just overall sweet and gives me what I've been needing after the toxic relationships in the past BLs I've watched. If you are unsure to watch it, hopefully my review makes you decide!

THE STORY:
Kaido Amane moves to Enoshima and decides he may want to actually find someone he loves, instead of just sleeping around. While there, he comes across Yamasuge Ryuji, a boy around his age, who works at a restaurant. After becoming friends, Amane quickly realized his feelings for Ryuji. But, does Ryuji feel the same way?

First off.. let's talk about the characters. Amane is bubbly, but a straightforward guy when it comes to his feelings. Ryuji? HE IS A GREEN FLAG! When I say a GREEN FLAG, I mean the GREENEST FLAG. He's probably one of the greenest flags I've seen in JBL. Ryuji is understanding, and nice. He didn't leave Amane even when he knew that he had feelings for him. He considered his feelings and didn't EVER act like he wasn't there. When Amane confesses to Ryuji, he doesn't really know what to do because he never thought of his feelings this way towards the same gender.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!
There was no misunderstandings between the two. Why? BECAUSE THEY TALKED IT OUT. When there was a problem, they talked it over. Why is that a good thing? Because some BLs, Japanese or not, always are miscommunicating and have all sorts of problems. And they never fix to probleme until EPISODESSS later.

THE 2 KISSES IN EPISODE 5??? I SCREAMED AT 6AM. They were so cute together, and even though it was so short, it was so enjoyable!

This series is so cute and I'll definitely be rewatching it! If you want a BL without any misunderstandings, with adorable leads and a adorable cat, watch THIS!!!

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Hidden Agenda
10 people found this review helpful
by ando
Sep 25, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 4.5
Story 2.0
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 2.5
This review may contain spoilers

chaos

I was so hyped for this series, considering that Star In My Mind wasn't the best, but I liked the pairing. I was hoping they would get better series together especially with the "Hidden" Agenda. Which.. WHAT HIDDEN AGENDA? I see nothing hidden.

Don't get me wrong, I love joongdunk. Although they don't have the best series together, their chemistry is pretty good. But that isn't enough to save this.

First off, the story? Where was it supposed to be going? It didn't start off strong. Just a boy that likes a pretty popular girl and asks for help by that girls ex. While wanting help, he falls for the ex. This story fell apart BIG TIME. The average "take off your glasses to not look like a nerd and look hot" thing is very stupid tbh. At that point, just start him off looking "hot."

The random stalker plot was NOTTTT it. It lasted an EPISODE. SINGULAR. I would rather have that for AT LEAST like 2-4 episodes, or just scratch that idea entirely, because, what was the point in the first place??

The debate thing was a little cool I guess. It was different from what I've seen, but I wish it took more part, especially in real world problems.

And the random part where Pat basically sold out his information to Joke? Honestly, I WOULD NOT be happy. I don't care if they throw a dumb lil party for me and expect me to forgive them. Where's the trust? I feel like they should've touched up more on that instead of just having Zo basically forgive them right away.


The acting? Meh. Nothing to point out specifically.

In my opinion, in the nicest way possible, Dunk needs to take acting classes or something. He always has the same expressions, the random things he does w his head, his acting is just. It's not it..😭

Joong? His acting could be better. But, he needs better roles!!!!

Together, I believe they both have potential. Just, they ain't there yet.


Overall? Would NOT recommend.
If you REALLYYYY like JoongDunk and the chemistry, then go for it. Personally, I wouldn't waste your time. It just seemed like SIMM with different characters and with them in a debate club.

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Kiseki: Dear to Me
7 people found this review helpful
by ando
Nov 7, 2023
13 of 13 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

"It's a miracle that the person you love also loves you."

This series has given so many lesson throughout, even with the gang stuff. Although I hope you don't get yourself into trouble like them, they also teach the values of putting care and trust into your relationship.

As said in the credits, "Where there's love, theres a miracle. " And that it shown itself in the series. The beautiful leads,the great storyline, and the outstanding acting all brought together creates this masterpiece. If I were to give a "BEST BL OF 2023" this one might just take the cake. (haha get it? Bai Zong Yi's shop. ok nvm..)

The love story between Fan Ze Rui & Bai Zong Yi is a long journey. There is love and there is heartbreak. Tears were shed, of joy and sadness. But I was more than satisfied with the outcome.

THE STORY (slight spoiler? skip this part if you don't want any!):

Bai Zong Yi is a regular student with dreams of becoming a doctor. Until one day, that all changes. When he meets Fan Ze Rui, his life gets twisted all around. Once getting to know each other, love is in the air! But that love comes crashing down when injury occurs leading to amnesia. Will they be able to pass this tragedy and rekindle their now broken relationship?

CHEMISTRY:
Taiwanese BLs always have great leads with great chemistry, and that's the case with both couples. The way they would gaze into each others eyes, the body language, and everything overall gave me BUTTERFLIES!!

You can't forget the CAMEOS!! My boys from Plus&Minus making an appearance made my day better. Seeing them on screen together was a delight, and I really wish to have another series with them as well, and not just a cameo. Along with other characters in the show, such as ones from HIStory and Be Loved in House:I Do. Although I haven't seen those series yet, it's lovely to see couples such as those on screen again, even for just a second.

When it comes to Taiwanese BL, I always have high hopes. Was that a bad idea when coming into this? NOT AT ALL! IT SERVED! Getting to spend the last 13 weeks with these 2 couples was everything, and I'd do anything to be able to watch it for the first time. Their love story made me cry. From laughter, and from quite literal sobs and I'll miss that.

It's a rare sight when liking both couples, but Kiseki did it for me. Chen Yi and Ai Do were ADORABLE! There was enough screen time for both couples, which is a win.

I hope to see more of both couples, and maybe even a series with Nat Chen (Chen Yi) and Louis Chiang (Ai Di) as the main leads👀. Would definitely recommend to others!!

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Ongoing 12/12
Dangerous Romance
16 people found this review helpful
by ando
Aug 18, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0

FIRST IMPRESSION

Gmmtv has no doubt, been releasing some good series recently, such as Our Skyy2, Only Friends (airing), Homeschool, etc, but this one I feel has intrigued me the most. The writing so far seems well made and kept together, as well as interesting. I myself have been waiting for this series ever since it's been announced, and I'm so glad to be able to finally write a review of this!

Pros: Obviously the actors are amazing, I love their works and the actors themselves. It seems like it's well-paced, although that could change, with a decent amount of time to get through. Also, enemies to lover? HELLOOO??

Cons: I understand recording and trying to show the teachers the real truth behind the rich guys, but if it was me, I'd at least send my friend to go help my other friend. Even if they're bad guys, I don't want to risk friend getting badly injured. On top of that, the fact the teachers didn't do anything was not cool. I understand that he is the son of a big person, but not doing anything to help besides "talking" with them is crazy.

I do have high hopes for this series, and hopefully it will live up to my expectations. So far so good, 11 more weeks to go nd I'll be present every single one❤

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Love for Love's Sake
6 people found this review helpful
by ando
Feb 1, 2024
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

LOVE SUPREMACY ZONE

As this is the first kbl of the year there are most likely high expectations. Since recent years we've got some great bls from Korea, and I'm excited for what 2024 will give us. As someone who's watched the first 4 eps (will do w the others) more than 10 times, I can say this is one of my favs. If you say that you didn't enjoy a singular scene after watching the whole show, you're lying to yourself.

Very SHORT Summary: Tae Myungha, who is originally 29, is transported into a simulation where he is 19. His one mission is to make Cha Seowoon happy, but if he fails to do so then he will face death.

LIKES:

What is there to dislike? This show has brought nothing but surprise to me. Not in a bad way, in a good way. It isn't repetitive like other bls. This one is one of those where you're unsure what is up next. It follows the mains and has you wanting more. It was Thursday (the day eps 3&4 came out) and I didn't want them gone. They're so cute that you just want to put them in your pocket. I even had hoped the weekend would end sooner due to the fact it would be closer to the next episodes.

DISLIKES:

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IN CONCLUSION:

You most definitely NEED to watch this if you are debating to. This is one of those shows that hooks you the first episode. Could it be confusing? Yes. But it clicks after the first few eps. Others may disagree but I couldn't ask for a better kbl to start off 2024. This may take the #1 spot with Semantic Error and The Eighth Sense.

Who would I be if I didn't add this amazing quote? (From EP 8)

"I finally realized that every answer I had hoped for was in everyday life that's too mundane to be "fate", yet too beautiful to be " chance." Happiness must be hidden somewhere in my each of our days. "

Things are bound to happen, whether you want it or not. It may not be determined by a supernatural power, but it wasn't just a possibility. You make it happen with how you continue on in life, and I hope you can reach happiness just like Tae Myungha and Cha Seowoon, whether it's through love or not.

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Ongoing 10/12
Only Boo!
6 people found this review helpful
by ando
12 days ago
10 of 12 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10

Cuties in the making!!

What can you do when your mom sends you far away from the city as a punishment? Live with it. Or you could run away, but that probably wouldn't be the best idea.

Moo, who has that problem, was sent away for not being a good student and skipping classes due to trying to reach his dream of becoming an idol. When his mom finally gets tired of it, she sends him away from Bangkok. Now, in a secluded area where the nearest convenience store is a 20 minute walk, he must learn to live here where he has a crappy room and bad internet.

Kang, a guy who helps his mom run a restaurant. Nothing much to it besides the fact he's a good artist.

When their paths meet, what could happen? Will there be love brewing? We'll have to wait and see over the weeks that this comes out.

Let me just say, from the first episode alone, this might just be one of my favorite couples of GMMTV this year.

Although theres only one episode out, I'm already IN LOVE with them. The characters seem to match each other, and their visuals together are just amazing overall.

I can't wait to see what else this series has in store with cute scenes and maybe some great friendships.

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Home School
4 people found this review helpful
by ando
Aug 4, 2023
18 of 18 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0
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Home.

Home school is by far, one of my favorite gmmtv series from this year. It focused on intensity, friendships, and a learning experience. I can say, it did get boring at parts, which could be reason for why it has many mixed opinions, but as it goes on, it gets better.


Kids brought to this school by their parents due to being 'ungrateful' and unwanted. When they're there, they must face intense teaching, hard challenges, and even worse punishments. Kind of sucks, right? Thinking it's all torture, but really these masters truly care. Homeschool teaches you lessons, love, and most of all, friendship.


Must I say, the acting is amazing. Especially Chalad as Master Prasat, incredible. The main 4 played their roles well, as well as Gun (as always) playing as gun. Not to mention Chimon as Pennueng. He portrayed his role so well, and I'm glad he wasn't a jerk as I heard he was in 'The Gifted. '


As Project R was executed, the students that were hypnotized were to take revenge and kill their parents. Honestly.. the parents were running like a chicken with no head, because if I were in that situation, I would not stop running and try to find an exit.


The series was honestly really good. From the acting, to the intense music, and even Khaotungs small guest role as 'Zero' at the end of episode 18. Hopefully signifying that there could be a season 2. I would definitely recommend this series to friends, although it may not be everyones thing.

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Stand by Me
3 people found this review helpful
by ando
Oct 10, 2023
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5

A Goofy Bromance

Is this the best short-length series I've watched? No. Did I enjoy it? Quite a lot.

(I didn't mark this as spoilers, but there are still VERY slight spoilers. Don't read if you want to continue this with little information)


I didn't go into watching this with expectations, which could be the reason for how much I enjoyed it. If your going into tthis and expecting a serious, action-packed series, with high standards, lower it.

Why do I say that? Because it's quite the opposite. It isn't a bad series, but is it trophy worthy? No.

The story was a bit chaotic. It confused me and made me do a little head tilt at times. Did the bromance make up for it? Yes.

As one of the other reviews states, if you want to visualize this as BL, then it will be a BL. If you want to watch as a normal comedy, then that's what it is.

BL or not, this can still be a good watch.



Things I DID Like:

1. The Bromance
-Must I say more? Other may say that they didn't see the chemistry, but me? I ate that up.

2. Humor
-I enjoy to have a little laugh while watching dramas, comedy or not. When the scene is supposed to be taken as "serious" and a joke is added, it makes it more enjoyable.

3. The Relationship Dynamic
-The leads are taken as childhood friends, which one betrayed the other.

Things I DID NOT like:

1. Backstories
-Referring to #3, I did wish they did more of a backstory on the betrayal, like including a flashback. The short explanations leave me with questions.

2. Drag on
-Although the series was enjoyable, I feel as if it was dragged on. It could've wrapped up in a few episodes less, such as only 15 episodes. (I did appreciate more interactions between the MLs though)



Overall, I would not recommend this if you want a full of action series. It's just a goofy watch to sit back and enjoy to fill your time.

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Koi wo Suru nara Nidome ga Joto
1 people found this review helpful
by ando
2 days ago
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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A second chance at love

"I love you" aren't usually just words to throw around. They have meaning behind it, which is usually to show how you feel about someone. They're words to express your feelings. Sometimes it's thrown around carelessly, but sometimes it has true feelings behind it.

Why did I decide to start it off this way? Well, in the 5th episode, Miyata hesitates so say that he loves Iwanaga due to what I believe is fear. As they rekindled their high school love, it would be reasonable to be scared to be left alone once again. Although this drama has its flaws, it also can show real life situations. Love isn't just something to be thrown around, unless your a player. The fear of abandonment is real and is understandable to why Miyata didn't say he loved Iwanaga.

As Miyata is now an editor for Iwanaga, he must try to keep their personal life from their work life. Iwanaga wants to start over again and have a chance at being with Miyata again, but as said earlier, he is scared to be left again. But when Iwanaga and Miyata share a moment, there is no turning back. One kiss turns into two, two kisses turns into three, and three kisses turns into something more than just a kiss.

What I liked about this series was definitely the chemistry. As always, Japan always has great tension between the two characters. I also enjoyed the background to get a glimpse of the past. Adding details is everything!!!

While this was a great series, there was flaws. The unnecessary characters that got in the way of their love was upsetting. I can understand 1 which is even a lot for a short 6 episode show, but more? Cmon..

Overall, as all series have, it was good with patchy moments. While more growth between the characters would've been better, it definitely wasn't something too horrible. They were cuties😸

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Why R U?
1 people found this review helpful
by ando
Sep 14, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Bad Yet Good

Before I go on about this one, I myself have not seen the original version (thai.) Therefore, i can not compare this really, BUT this did seem like a somewhat good Korean remake.

I have seen clips of the og, and this one, in my opinion, was pretty good. This focuses on the story of which was the side couple in the thai version. (from what I've heard)

The story was a little boring, and also a bit confusing in my opinion. The chemistry was SOMEWHAT there, but I didn't feel it a whole lot. The actors are cute, I'll give it that. Though, that couldn't fully save this.

The acting was pretty good for what seems are rookie actors, so I won't fully criticize it for that. The editing? Questionable at times, but okay.

It felt more fluffy-ish than anything. It was confusing at times, but pretty cute nonetheless.

I wish I could say more, but considering that I haven't seen the og, WHICH I'LL WATCH SOON🤕, I can't say much in comparison.

I wouldn't recommend if you were looking for an intense, well put-together kbl. This is more a fluffy, more amateur series. Cute though!!


(sorry if it sounds like I repeated a bunch of things😪)

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Cherry Magic
1 people found this review helpful
by ando
Mar 2, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.5

Love for all!!

As someone who has watched the Japanese series recently, as in finishing it right when this started airing, this series is a watch I couldn't miss out on!!

As the anime and Thai adaptations were being released at the same time, GMMTV had to put the series for Thai viewers only. But did that stop some of us? NO. I watched this on so many websites that I've lost count. I WANTED TO SEE TAYNEW!!! I finished watching the JP version, started the anime, and started this all at the same time. It felt like I had deja vu.. BUT That's okay because this story may just be a favorite of mine.

This story portrays Achi, a average office worker, who suddenly gains the power of mind reading with any physical contact at the age of 30. Karan, someone born with everything, right? Except being able to make the one he loves, fall for him. Until.. Achi bumps into Karan and suddenly hears his thoughts. Karan, the best worker, most handsome, most popular, is in love with him?

TayNew will never disappoint me honestly. No matter of I've seen all of their series or not, they are the IT couple!!! There weren't many side characters that made me upset, surprisingly..

The side couple, Jinta and Min, are CUTIES!! I loved that couple in the Japanese one and I do in this one!! Mark (Min) is just a cutie overall and I'm glad to see him on screen. Although at times, just like in the JP ver, I had to take a moment before continuing the scene. Cringe but fun!!

This series overall was great, just like the Japanese series. If you need a wholesome love story, this is for you. I love TayNew and can't wait to see more series of them!!

P.S. the cat? CUTEST ONE OF ALL!!!!

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Cooking Crush
0 people found this review helpful
by ando
Feb 18, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.5

COOKING LIKE A CHEF

A poor(ish) culinary student and a rich med student. Put those 2 together and you get a cute relationship!! I LIVE for OffGun. I mean, who doesn't? If you've seen their previous works then you already know that it'll be a great paring.

STORY:

Third year culinary students Prem, Dynamite, and Samsi/Unky are the best of friends. They've been together since the 1st year of culinary classes. Trusting their friendship and skills, they join a cooking competition, known as Super Monster Chef (aka A BIG DEAL.) Prem then meets Ten, a med student. When Ten asks Prem for cooking lessons, he agrees due to money problems. What will happen when sparks begin to fly in the kitchen?

FAVSSS!!!

Let me start off with the chemistry. Nothing can go wrong between Off and Gun!! But.. Neo and Aungpao? Let me just- AHHHHHHHH!!!! I LOVEEE THEM!! Neo can have chemistry with just about anyone. Take the actors from Only Friends for example, you could ship him with any of them and I'd be like "I could see it." But they came to win their fans hearts and THEY DID. Aungpao is such a great actor and I'm excited for his future projects, whether its with Neo or not.

THE OST WAS SO CATCHY!! Everytime it played in the background I couldn't stop myself from singing "You give me a sugar rush, you're my baby crush!!"

NEEDS SOME.. FIXING.

The storyline was a little messy. The acting wasn't as good as other series, but I can understand with the script. The random time jump?? It could have been better. I would like to see more series where they're out of their college/high school days. Especially with OffGun. Cmon GMMTV!! They're in their 30's, lets see some more mature series which I know they can do with their potential.

Overall, this was a sweet, lighthearted series. I would recommend to those who just need a wholesome watch for a bit. Plus, the friendship between Unky and Metha was just AMAZING. I laughed at almost every scene of theirs.

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A Good Day to Be a Dog
0 people found this review helpful
by ando
Jan 11, 2024
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
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Things, Things, and More Things

This series was something. I was quite excited when I found out about this due to the description being weird, but capturing, but.. i was disappointed. Not to the point that it was horrible, but to the point where I just didn't get the excitement I had gotten in the first few episodes.

THE STORY:

Han Hae-Na: Hae Na, played by Park Gyu Young, is an upbeat woman who has a curse. This curse prevents her from kissing anyone. When one is kissed on the lips, at Midnight (12am) she will turn into a furry friend! This will continue to happen at midnight for 100 days until she can share that same moment with the one she kissed, but in her dog form. If that cannot be fulfilled, she will stay a dog forever. But, when she gets her first kiss, it is by the one she never thought to have eyes for, Jin Seo Won. Now having shared this moment with Seo Won, she must do the same but in her special form. This could be easy, except, Seo Won has a fear of dogs.

MY THOUGHTS:

The original premise caught my interest. Why? Because it seemed new. (To me at least.) The first episode were good, but the airing schedule caused it to go down hill. Not only did it go down hill from the schedule, it went downhill in the story too. It began to drag. And near the end it was kind of a series to watch in the background. Although I gave this a higher rating, I wouldn't recommend it unless you want to see Cha Eun Woo (which, lets be honest, was the reason for a lot of us.)

THE ENDING EPISODES:

As the series continues, it dragged along. With Lee Bo Gyum being revealed as the "villain." Which, he was kind of stupid. He went after them when it wasn't even them really. It was just more of their brains in their bodies. The memory wipe was unnecessary and so was the whole backstory in general. If it gave small snippets of the story I'm sure I would've understood just fine.
The ending episode didn't add much to the story, just some cute moments.

Overall, this series was okay. Just okay. I wouldn't NOT recommend it, but I wouldn't expect much if you did want to watch it.

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Put Our Heart on the Paper
0 people found this review helpful
by ando
Sep 29, 2023
4 of 4 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

a cute story

This story is just about a writer that has a new roommate, and that roommate is secretly a big fan of her work, yet she doesn't know that the writer is living with her.

It's a wholesome short girl love and it's enjoyable. it's only about a 25-30 minutes watch and can be easily binged.

Although it's a bit cheesy, it's pretty good for a low budget. I wish there were more episodes and moments together but it was well made for a short story. If I ever want to quickly binge something, this will be my to-do 😊
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Our Skyy 2: Star in My Mind
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by ando
Jun 1, 2023
2 of 2 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 2.5
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Too Much

I feel as if in the 2 episodes that there were, it was kind of repeating. They would kiss, tell each other they love each other, ect. The chemistry of JoongDunk is there, but I feel as if they have more chemistry outside of the series than the characters themself. I had higher expectations for the episodes, but it kind of made me disappointed. It was enjoyable for the time being but it just felt like the same thing would happen in both episodes. I really hope that Hidden Agenda redeems JoongDunk.
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