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The Guest
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by nia
Jan 17, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
"It came from the East Sea..."

As someone who loves, but is not easily scared by horror, this show is terrifying, in a beautiful, tragic way. Although it is visually horror and the initial plot is very similar to a typical ghost story, this show is so much more than just that. It is somewhere between genres, somewhere inexplicable. The fear that it evokes doesn't come from the images or jump-scares, it comes from the story and the acting. It's one of those shows that can't really be explained in its entirety because its much more than just plot and images, it's feeling and emotion.

I found myself on the edge of my seat the entire show, and finished it in 3 days. There was never once a dull moment. The acting was superb, from both the main leads and the side characters (including the possessed). Kim Jae Wook really outdid himself... I thought it was his best performance yet. The possessions were very realistic (if that's possible lol) and relied on acting as opposed to CGI. The story was well thought out and compelling. The music, often very experimental and ambient, was simply chilling and very fitting for the tone and atmosphere of the show. As I mentioned above, I'm not easily frightened by horror, but this show had my heart pounding. The jump-scares didn't shock me, the graphic nature of the violence didn't disturb me, however the suspense was inescapably nerve-wracking.

I don't recommend this show to the faint of heart, but I recommend it to anyone who can stand a bit of horror. This show leaves a lasting impression and won't be easily forgotten, not in a nightmarish way, but in the sense that it will leave a mark on the viewer. I feel like I've said a lot of nothingness, but this show is immensely difficult to describe in words. The only word that comes to mind, the only word that can adequately describe "The Guest" is...

haunting.

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29 days ago
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10
I noticed that a lot of people dislike the way they formatted the show into three seasons but honestly, I don't mind it. They are releasing them one after another and rather than being called seasons, their official name is parts. This is only part one of the chronicle: like a novel, the storyline has just begun. I think they did this for the fantasy novel aesthetic (think Lord of the Rings Part 1, 2 and 3). This Part (Part 1: The Children of Prophecy) is simply meant to introduce the main characters and the power dynamics and situation of Arthdal. The main story is yet to come. Even so, I enjoyed every minute and was never bored, unlike I sometimes am when I watch the first few episodes of period pieces.

The acting is great. The CGI, makeup, costumes, and set are all top notch (I was worried that for korea's first truly fantasy drama, the would be cringey, but luckily, I was proven wrong). The story so far (considering we are only a third of the way through) is amazing and fresh, and I'm loving every single character (even the antagonist Tagon). I can't wait for the next part to come out.

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Touch Your Heart
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by nia
Mar 30, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0

If I had to describe this show in one word, it would be... adorable!

This show is not for someone who wants deep storylines and unpredictable plots. It is a lighthearted romcom, and although there isn't much in the way of storyline, I found every second enjoyable. I actually liked that they didn't drag out legal cases or different issues. All the characters were relatively laid back and understands; there was no unnecessary drama. The actors all had amazing chemistry and even though there were many clichés, I found that they were executed in a fresh new way. This show focuses on characters and character development above all else. Well, maybe above everything except the super sweet romance. Every single episode made me smile and brightened my mood. This show may not be great for binge-watching but watch one or two episodes everyday and I guarantee, you'll feel happier:)

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