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Wonderland of Love
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Hop on to a journey of Love and Loyalty amidst a land of chaos.

First, I would just like to say how beautiful the leads look together.
The chemistry between Xu Kai and Jing Tian itself will make you fall in love with drama.
This is one of the few dramas that has ticked every possible box a viewer expects while watching a drama.
There was action(that too equally by both the leads) and romance and a perfect storyline to fit it all.
For me this was a drama that shouldn't be missed.

I would like to talk about how great Xu Kai is in all his dramas be it modern or costume dramas. He showed how experienced he is in this field and the way he is in portraying the emotions of the character. I literally cried when he cried and seeing his character in struggling moments made me feel sad for him and seeing him happy brought me joy. His visuals and acting are just to good and his commitment to the scene is commendable.

I first saw Jing Tian in the drama 'Rattan' and loved how she brought life to that character and even though one might wonder she acted a bit stiff in the drama but honestly, I felt that it was how that character had to be played to show her being different from humans. In this drama she played her so gracefully that one might fall in love with Cui Lin. A character who is funny, strong, pretty, just, smart and what not. Having so many traits in a single character and for an artist to show all those sides and bringing the character to life is not easy but Jing Tian accomplished it.

Gao Han did a great job in playing a person obsessed with Cui Lin and the different sides of his character her were shown really well. He played a really good role of an antagonist creating problems for the leads in the drama. I really liked the effort he put into playing such a role. I pitied him at times and felt angry on his actions in the next second.

Tao Zi was such a great character in the show. A perfect subordinate to a general. She was smart, joyous and lovable. Seeing the actress play her character made me want to be friends with her in real life. Such a loving personality was written for Tao Zi.

Xie Chang was also a great subordinate to Li Ni. He too was an adorable character. Showing him dumb when it came to love was really adorable. Seeing him besides Xu Kai was a delight.

I would really like to compliment Zeng Li on her role in the drama. She is such an exceptional actress. Even though she plays mostly support roles in recent times but her experience just glows in her acting. Every drama she works in, she brings a different spark to it. Her emotions can be felt by everyone.

All characters played a great role in this drama. No one seemed to have fallen short in any way. Even the negative roles were played brilliantly to the way that one might actually feel unhappy by their actions.

The story flew like a river flowing into the sea. It started very well and the first encounter of the leads just stole my heart. Their interactions from then were so enjoyable. Both planned against each other and kept falling in each others trap. Even their fights showed us how great their chemistry was. The understanding between them without talking a lot just gives the viewers goals as to how a relationship should be. Even though being from different armies their love did not need to be compromised. They stayed true to each other and did not favor even a single time.
The first 10 episodes were a great build up as to how the leads build their relationship with various encounters on different occasions. Both help each other get through difficulties and get to know each other. There were many fun moments in this span which made the start of the drama more enjoyable and the cuteness in their interactions was on another level. There was planning and plotting going on between the two armies to take down certain cities and both wanted to be better than the other.
The next 10 episodes are also similar except some grieving for the FL and also because of it she distances herself a bit from the ML but it was always clear that their love would not waver. The ML's side brothers face pressure because of the ML's success in wars and his capability and their father also fears the same so they try creating problems for him. The ML meets the FL's father and things start getting interesting here. One interesting character introduce here is Prime Minister Gu's daughter, she is a well written smart and cunning character.
In 20-30 episodes there is a lot happening, the antagonist returns and plots with the ML's enemies since he wants revenge and wants FL by his side. The ML and FL's father get to know each other and new bonds form. The second leads also develop a great relationship by now. The antagonist does play dirty tricks to get back at ML some of which one wouldn't imagine. There is one part in this arc though that would make viewers feel that the ML lost trust in the FL which also may be justified by his actions but I felt he had his reasons which some might agree to. Here the ML's brothers start plotting against each other that too in a harsher way. Even people in the ML's court join the enemies. In this part Prime Minister Gu's daughter also starts playing her tricks.
In the final 10 episodes there is a rollercoaster of emotions waiting. So much is happening that you wouldn't want to stop watching. There is an incident with the ML's close group of soldiers which will leave the ML in shatters where the FL is always by his side. Then comes an incident with the FL and a great plot twist. In this while the people with evil intentions will be revealed. Coming out of it becomes a question for viewers and the ending episodes reveals things that one would expect yet not believe in that expectation.

The OST was also very good especially the songs are written beautifully. I myself wanted to read Chinese poems because of this cause they have such beautiful lines. The song of the brothers(the ML and his close group of soldiers) was also a great addition to the music of the drama.

The production was very goof. All costumes and sets were beautiful. It was visible that this was a drama where the heart of the people was poured into.

I honestly write some negatives/improvements I feel in the drama towards the end but this one just has my heart and I have no such comments this time. It was a great journey of two people shown such beautifully that one might wonder if they could have been in that place.

P.S. Feel free to tag me or message me if you want spoilers as I tend to avoid giving spoilers in my reviews.

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Teppachi!
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Overall 7.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
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Worth It Just For The Shower Scene

... and that's the only spoiler Fumiyawagi will give you, other than to say Episode 2 contains one spectacular, blindingly sexy, utterly suggestive minute for Keita Machida devotees. We are still watching the series and will update this review in due course. Keita is in almost scene and appears to be carrying the weight of the show.
We're quite sure Keita is destined for Hollywood and when they find out he's shredded to the max, speaks 3 languages and has an Academy Award worthy smile ... the phone will be ringing off the hook! Creative Artists Agency, where are you? ?

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Love in the Air
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 10

Heart warming

You people will enjoy this drama. I especially liked the characters of clingy prapai and sky. The p'pai love towards sky is out of the box. At some point you will feel like you also want that kind love who never give upon you, clingy, sincere love, who flirts with others but changes after he meets you, care for love, his absence make you absent minded, his presence makes you heartwarming atmosphere.The way pai waits until he gets permission to touch him and win over his body and ❤️ heart. Oh my god I really love pai and I wish I had a boyfriend or husband like pai.

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Kocchi Muite yo Mukai-kun
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Overall 7.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 5.0

Passes time, but wastes talent.

? Welcome to (Less) Sex In The City, Tokyo 2023 style. Is it ok to have ex sex? Why can't we just live de facto and stay in love, instead of being married and miserable? Should i just do the same thing my parents did, or live like a millenial would in most parts of the world?
These modern relationship dilemmas are explores through Mukai-kun, a hesitant young salaryman. The show, reminiscent of the John Cusack film, "High Fidelity", navigates love's complexities and missed opportunities. Despite a capable cast aged up to 60 including Akaso Eiji in a role that massively ignores his amazing comedic and emotional talents, the series falls short. Haru shines as a progressive female lead, but the lack of mature plot and physical intimacy diminishes its impact. Okayama Amane is the hidden gem of the show, with his comedic timing and comic physical presence.
The show's pace and limited exploration of modern adult themes, hinder its potential. Like so many modern Japanese dramas, this one largely pretends physical intimacy does not exist.
Still, this show offers a moderate viewing experience, best enjoyed without high expectations and while waiting other releases.
? Thank you for reading! Follow to be notified of future reviews! ~ Fumiyawagi

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The Tuxedo
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Overall 6.5
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Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Really like it BUT……

Really wished the episodes were longer and there was more storyline development.
I really enjoyed the idea of this movie
The cast did a fantastic job and the leads seemed to have great chemistry but overall the whole story felt really rushed.
I would love a series 2 but with longer episodes and more padded out story. Do they stay together can he go outside now what happened with his dad etc etc

Would happily watch Suppacheep Chanapai And Phongsathorn Padungktiwong star in another movie together
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The Snow Queen
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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29/02/2024

This is a 2006 production which I actually liked regardless of its age.

If you want to know what it is about - read the Synopsis.

It is a sad drama with a bittersweet ending, but one with no regrets, closure where it was needed most and ultimately being able to forgive, move on and to have known true love.

It isn't perfect and does have its flaws, also, if there was less of a love story and more on just the main male character's math genius I wouldn't have minded whatsoever.

I probably would have appreciated it more!

What can be taken away from this drama is that life should still be lived regardless of someone committing suicide or whatever it might be that is the cause of a person's death.

Some mentioned (other sites) that they weren't invested in the male lead after some point and thought Bora's character evolved to be a better person.

I don't agree.

She didn't really change that much - she just toned down her outbursts and stroppy behaviour plus she has no choice but to resign to the fact that her fate was out of her hands.

It would have been better had she not just given back the words he gave to her - but also to encourage him to live guilt free, live life to the fullest and to find love again so he would never be alone or lonely.

It is worth the watch and even being re-watched.

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Islands
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19 hours ago
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.5

Sun Qian

Love it but I mainly watch it for SunQ and ChenJingke. very popular in china!!! which is good




Paparazzi claimed the #Islands 烟火人家 on-screen couple SunQian and ChenJingke are living together,resurfaced an interview where Sun's friend asked her,"If u two are together,just pat him,"to drop hint. When asked how she replied,she answered, "How could I possibly tell you?"

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I May Love You
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19 hours ago
24 of 24 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
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Escapist nonsense at its best!

I originally wasn't sure about watching this drama because the whole 'unrequited crush' scenario made me afraid it would be a cringe-fest. Instead, I had so much fun watching this and loved it from start to finish!

Now, I will say that this drama worked for me because I left my logical thinking in the other room while watching. The premise is very silly, the characters' actions would be wildly inappropriate outside of dramaland, and for a workplace centred story the lack of professionalism is epic. I did appreciate that the FL worked through the rejection of her confession and didn't immediately fall into the MLs arms when he started wooing her, even though she was pretty nuts with her love-at-first-sight and obsessive crush behaviour. He was equally nuts in his choices, it must be said.

However! The back and forth relationship between our mains was so, so darling. The feels that it gave me overwhelmed any rational complaints I might have had. Miles Wei and Huang Ri Ying acted the heck out of these two socially helpless characters. Their relationship, once it properly started, was so sweet, and their chemistry was excellent.

My one real complaint, which cost this drama half a star, was the crumbling of the character of Ding Ding (SFL) who started fun and then became pretty annoying. She chose to try acting but then whined and wept through most of the film shoot - so frustrating! If the SML weren't so gorgeous and tormented-artist-y I would have used the ffw button on that plot.

Loved the main leads' besties, You Huan and Huo Chen Dong, as well as the long-suffering assistant Gao. I want their drama next! The OST also worked for me - especially Wrong, which I've adored since Why Women Love.

I will definitely rewatch this one when I want to shut off my brain and feel my heart flutter.

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Fighting for Love
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19 hours ago
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.5

For clown and country.

Fighting For Love is a drama adaptation of a novel with the same Chinese title Ā Mài Cóngjūn/阿麦从军 or A Mai Joins the Army. The novel enjoys an impressive 8.6 score on Douban. It is a female centric story about A Mai, an orphaned noblewoman who seeks justice for her family's betrayal. She joins the army and works her way up to become a fierce and undefeated general. She discovers a greater purpose along the way, which is to defend her country. This takes place during the Northern and Southern dynasties, a period of war, chaos and political turmoil. It is not a romance and there is no real male protagonist; it is about one brave and patriotic woman's awesome journey. I abandoned the book because of its intense and graphic focus on war.

Clearly the original story does not fit with the typical male-centric costume drama formula with plenty of romance tropes. What a breath of fresh air, right? Wrong. In the adaptation, Shang Yizhi is elevated to male protagonist and his story arc is as central as A Mai's. Which in and of itself, is not a terrible thing. Like A Mai, Yizhi has a hidden identity and was a victim of foul play. His cause becomes hers as she rescues him and helps him outsmart his enemies. She discovers her military prowess, forms life and death bonds with her troops and finds meaning in defending the citizens of Nanxia. They have a shared purpose and are catalysts for each other's growth. It is natural for attraction or feelings to develop between them though it does not need to be romantic.

The critical fail in the adaptation is they wrote Yizhi as a kind hearted and playful anti-hero character. While some of his comedic scenes are witty and funny, this diminishes him into a parody role. This should be a complex character who does consequential things; a once carefree young nobleman whose world changes overnight. Instead, the writers stuck him with a love brain and Peter Pan syndrome until the final arc. As he is pushed first to survive and then to reclaim his birthright, all of his motivations continue to simply revolve around A'Mai. A character that chooses each time to save the girl and let the world rot does not deserve to end up where he does! This devalues A'Mai and the Zhenbei army's achievements and sacrifices into a fight for clown and country. Even though he becomes morally ambiguous and utilitarian at the end, this evolution is too abrupt. His character progression should have begun well before he returned to the capital. Zhang Haowei did his best with this role but the character is just too poorly designed.

A Mai is quite consistently written throughout even though it is difficult to connect with her feelings for Yizhi. Even though she is too lovely to ever be mistaken for a man, Zhang Tianai does a wonderful job with the role. Her mannerisms are very masculine and she literally shakes with rage and hatred in her scenes with Chen Qi. Best of all, she is no Mary Sue in need of constant rescuing even though all the men fall for her. She just has terrible luck with men; she gets involved with a backstabber, a clown and an enemy with a choking fetish. The one good man she meets is brother-zoned, father-zoned and what happens to him is definitely over-kill. Chen Qi is the most interesting and conflicted antagonist and his and A Mai's story is really sad. Wang Ruichang is very charismatic and the fan favorite but his Chang Yuqing has no development and no real story arc. He just pops up whenever something needs to go wrong for the leads.

The first few arcs of this story are quite good and the cinematography and action scenes are pretty awesome. The story falls apart mid-way and snowballs downhill into the palace arc. It is yet another perfectly good drama that is ruined by ignorant and silly romance writers who can't write palace intrigue (i.e., Destined, Legend of Zhuohua, Wonderland of Love etc etc). This arc is ridden with predictable villains, plot holes, clichés and a flabby dancing emperor who looks like a sloppy fashion mistake. To my surprise, the story comes together again in the final episodes to end fittingly and on a strong note.

It is not easy to rate this because there are many good parts. The first 12-15 episodes and the ending is good and worth ~8 but the middle and dreadful palace arc are only worth ~6+. I think ~7.5 overall is fair but I am only going to call it a 7.0 because the production deserves to be spanked for desecrating a fantastic novel.



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ENDING SPOILER

The final showdown between A Mai and Chen Qi is exciting and moving and it finally gives her closure. Poor Chen Qi is such an interesting, conflicted and ultimately tragic character it is a shame he was not better fleshed out. In the end he probably loved A Mai best.

I don't believe it is in character for A Mai to go off with Chang Yuqing at the end. His feelings for her are not better developed than Yizhi's and at least in the drama, they are one-sided. He is a rising star in Beimo and if A Mai were to marry him, she would have to defect to the enemy to be another caged bird as the wife of a Marquis. After just escaping the terrible fate of being the favorite concubine of an emperor?!? As advisor Xu points out, the countries are at perfect stalemate because their top generals A'Mai and Chang Yuqing don't really want to fight each other. There is peace with them glowering fiercely at each other across the border. A Mai is simply setting off for a well earned 3-year vacation while Beimo's internal palace politics play out. It is a perfect, strong independent woman ending in the spirit of the original novel one that says A Mai does not have to be someone's arm candy to have a meaningful life.







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The Years You Were Late
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Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
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How a deceitful pair gets rewarded.

The plot is horrible. It portrays two cheaters getting a happy ending. The mistress and the husband try to gaslight the wife through out most of the drama to end up together. They both try to make the wife look like a crazy person. The ML marries his friend once the love of his life marries rich and abandons him when his on low. The friend asks him if he’s sure about the marriage and he is, they have a kid together. Then the love of his life reappears and the affair starts. Their respective spouses notice and they deny and deny. The drama tries to portray their spouses as obsessed lunatics, maybe in the hopes of making the viewers accept the cheaters tha end together. Just trash humans that get their happy ending while ruining the lives of others.

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EXchange Season 2
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20 hours ago
20 of 20 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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I emphatize with Hae Eun

I must admit I’ve skipped a couple of scenes, except Hae Eun’s parts.. I came across this comment on Reddit and thought I’d share it here since it’s exactly how I felt and what I wanted to share from a viewers pov…

Haeeun was the star of the show because she was open and honest with her feelings, and a lot of the scenes were so cinematic people thought they were directed lol. Like, this scene where she watches Nayeon and Gyumin excitedly leave for their date and tries to hold her tears back while she does her makeup in front of the mirror. It gives heartbroken heroine. And she's said since that she didn't even know there was a camera in that mirror because there are tons of things she did in front of there (like changing) that she wouldn't have done if she'd known.

And then the scene where she is talking to Jisoo (who was going on a date with Gyumin) and she's pretending that he sends her lots of texts when everyone (including the viewers) knows she's lying. It's admittedly pathetic, and Jisoo even laughs, but it captured a lot of hearts because you can feel her desperation and her honesty - she wasn't there to make lots of money or be popular with the audience, she was just in love with her ex, which is the whole premise of the show.

There's also the scene in the second half of this video where she comes out of the house after lying to Jisoo about the texts and she just cries and cries, and her legs give out from under her from all that crying. A lot of people have experienced that - when you're just so heartbroken that your body has no strength to contain all those emotions. And she wasn't doing that for the cameras, she was doing that in the dark, on the pavement. It's pathetic, but it's relatable. Not all of us can be super cool badasses when we come into contact with an ex, and not many of us have been in love with someone for as long as she has.

You're allowed to not like her, but you could not script a better storyline for a show if you tried. It's gorgeous and heartbreaking and pathetic and desperate. And she made amends with her ex, her ex cried over his heartbreak too (that scene in the car is so heartbreaking as well), and she got a man who loved her despite all that heartbreak and history. That's why she's the star of the show, not necessarily because she had the best personality or the healthiest relationship.

(my addition to this comment)
Despite her struggles and pain, she was never calculative nor manipulative, she was genuinely a kind person, who went through so much…

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Exploration Method of Love
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20 hours ago
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Charming leads make for a fun drama

Exploration Method of Love is a (mostly) light and fun drama that wins my love because of the excellent leads. The FL, Su Jishi, ends up pretending to be her twin sister for completely ridiculous reasons - just leave your logic at the door - and discovers that she's expected to be in a contract relationship with the ML, Mu Xiulun.

Su Jishi is the complete opposite of her sister, which leads to many hilarious situations, the best of which are when dealing with Mu Xiulun. As time passes, though, our uptight ML starts to fall for this new version of his contract girlfriend. It helps that she's a geology PhD candidate and he's a mining company executive, so they both geek out over rocks and such. Many misunderstandings and miscommunications later, the truth is shared and they admit their feelings, leading to a wonderful, warm relationship (until a messy noble idiocy breakup for half of the final damn episode, pardon my cursing).

Song Yang Fei (Su Jishi) and Gao Han Yu (Mu Xiulun) gave amazing performances as our leads. They were both so funny - after seeing GHY in Love is Sweet it was a revelation to see him be adorkable. They also carried the more dramatic and emotional parts very well, and their chemistry in the kisses and skinship was excellent.

Drawbacks to this drama for me included the misunderstandings/miscommunications in the middle episodes, which were right up to the limit of what I can handle (admittedly, I can't handle much), the final episode separation that took half a star from my rating, and the infuriating second lead couple.

Now I must rant: the SFL, our MLs little sister, started out fun and then turned into the cringiest, whiny, obsessive, immature psycho who fully stalked and harassed the SML into a relationship. It was SO grating that I had to fast forward through all those scenes, which deprived me of precious Ryan Cheng in modern dress screentime. I hate that type of female character and I hate that I had to ffwd through Cheng Lei scenes, so this subplot took a star and a half off my rating.

Back to the good stuff now. Our mains, once they were openly in love, have a great relationship. So cute, so mature. Even when they fought, they would talk and sort it out and apologize like adults. Loved that. The transformation of the ML from uptight and cold to loving, respectful, and goofy was adorable. The way he understands, respects, and celebrates the FL is such green flag behaviour - dreamy!

There's several secondary characters who are quite fun, with my favourite being Su Jishi's sister's manager Feng Jie. I think he's a doll - caring, hard working, and just so funny.

The OST was nice, but not memorable. I will probably rewatch at some point for the humour, the pining before all secrets are revealed, and the sweet and supportive couple time.

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Night Dream
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20 hours ago
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Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
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It Had Potential

It wasn't as good as I thought it would be but it also wasn't that bad. It had a promising story and the actors did a good job but something just didn't go well.
I think if the directors and producers did a better job then maybe it would've been better.
The production was a little sloppy and I feel like maybe they should have edited the story or made more episodes because it was a lot to take in, in just 6 episodes. It really could have been a great series but it is what it is.
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The Cursed
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 3.5
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Blame

I blame the captain for being emotionally manipulative towards Jin Soo every time he needed something. He indirectly used his crippled leg to make him feel sorry for him and wouldn’t let him say what his wife wanted. I hate his character and hope he gets it too. I hated this character so much I had to come here 4 years later.
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A Killer Paradox
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21 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
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THE ENDING

i kinda like binge watched this show (in two days) and looked forward to it the second i knew. i think the story was interesting and make me anxious about what will happen bUt the ending was bittersweet, like, they didn't catch the ml and even when he said he will show up at the police station he didn't??? i think the kdrama directors aren't giving actual punishments to the villains (?) lately when they should but anyway. i do think it's a great show and i enjoyed it and maybe would rewatch it someday even
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