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  1. Hiiii!!!!
    I genuinely love your reviews so much and have helped me understand dramas so well!!! I love how descriptive you are and also how you really unpack the dramas. You’re doing such a great job!!! I was just wondering, could you write a review on “legend of the blue sea”?
    This drama really surprised me in a good way and I would really love and appreciate reading another one of your truly insightful and magnificent reviews!!! Keep up your awesome work!!! :)))

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    • Hi there Melancholia, I’m glad that hear that you’ve been enjoying the reviews! 😀 Thank you for your affirmation and encouragement. ❤

      Unfortunately, I kind of lost interest in Legend of the Blue Sea partway through my watch, so I never wrote it a proper review. I did write a short blurb about my watch experience in my 2017 Year in Review, which you can check out here. I know it’s not much, but right now, I have no plans to go back to the show, so this is all I’ve got. 😅

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  2. Hi. I just love, love your blog. I am new to KDrama and a “mature” viewer. I find your “Index” of shows reviewed very efficient and appreciate very much. I use it often because I don’t have time to watch 2 episodes of a show then realize the show is not for me. I am also finding that I agree very much with your reviews and that you’ve been reviewing shows for a long, long time whereas many on the net have less “experience” that I find your reviews reliable. Keep up the good work and looking forward to your more reviews!!!!

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  3. Hi, my name is Lily and I run a k-dramas site. I love your site! And I was wondering if you would like to be in each other’s blogrolls? Thank you!!
    My site name: Lily for K-dramas
    Site link: https://lily-kdramas.blogspot.com/

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  4. Any kdrama recommendations for tweens? My 10 yo is really interested in them. She draws manga, so she likes cartoony, quirky fearures as well. I know she’s not the target age range, but I’d appreciate any potential ideas. I’d be watching with her, so I can work around a tricky scene or two.

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  5. I started a kdrama called “Extracurricular” on Netflix and so far so very good:) (4 episodes in). Different from the standard kdrama in style and content. Has that movie feel and quality. Check it out if you can! And thanks for all the wonderful and wonderfully written reviews 😊 Eddie from Vancouver

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  6. Not sure if you still read comments here, but if you’re ever in the mood for something mellow and deep(ish), I would recommend you watch A Thousand Goodnights. It’s very slow, but it has beautiful shots of Taiwan and a really touching story. I found it to be a great night time watch, when you want to slow down and relax!

    If you do end up watching, would definitely like to hear your thoughts on it!

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  7. I so appreciate your website and all your eloquent reviews and insights! I love the conversations you have with other Kdrama fans. Plus I go on your recommendations, and am totally bingeing Love in the Moonlight. I only started watching Korean content on Netflix over the past year (the gateway show being Tune in for Love,”which quickly progressed to Something in the Rain and One Spring Night. I quickly revised my assumption that Asian dramas were subpar, stuffed with goofy tropes, silly story lines and bad overacting. Based on your reviews, I watched Because this is My First Life, Secret Affair and Romance is a Bonus Book. I was impressed. Two weeks ago, I subscribed to Rakuten Viki to watch stuff I couldn’t get on Netflix. Overall, I am finding Korean-produced shows such a refuge and healing balm especially now. Reading Jesse’s post and other people’s comments including yours, I thought, right on! You’re expressing exactly what I’m feeling — that American shows reward the lowest common denominator, presenting over-the-top violence and meaningless, mechanical sex. In contrast, Korean TV and film makers still provide a sense of innocence — a moral framework that includes honour, love, goodness, mercy, purpose and the universal attributes that make us a worthwhile species. I mean how many times do I need to see a muscle-bound Hollywood hero blow something up real good, and then bonk the lead actress? Or same same but in reverse order? I hope the Oscar validation of “Parasite” doesn’t influence Korean productions to go dark, i.e. the movie “Burning” which I found artistic with a capital “A” and rather heavy. Okay, so not everything has to be PG and rainbows, but there’s a slippery slope from “gritty reality” to the kind of nihilism we see all the time now in the name of transgressive, indie filmmaking. Another reason why I can’t stop watching Kdramas right now is that as an Asian person who grew up in a white-dominant culture, it’s so refreshing to see kick-ass Asian leads in compelling stories. Here in Canada, like the rest of the world, we’re colonized by American culture and Western ideals of what is handsome or beautiful. So it’s heartening to see what is often framed as “other” in Hollywood express agency and power to create a more diverse, beautiful world. Whew — thanks for hearing me out.

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  8. Hi there,
    First, just wanted to say that I really enjoy your posts and reviews! Thanks for all the time and effort you put in so that we can all enjoy your blog!

    I was on Facebook and wanted to let you know that someone is taking your reviews and posting them on a Facebook group without crediting you. When I was reading the post, I thought that the format sounded familiar and sure enough, she copied your post and she never gave you credit for it.

    Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/530884624344624/permalink/698534554246296/

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    • Hi there aquarius, thanks so much for letting me know, I really appreciate it! ❤ I've just filed a complaint with Facebook, and am now waiting for them to take action.

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      • No problem! Your format when you do your reviews is pretty unique so imagine my surprise when I saw someone else passing them off as her own. I also sent messages to the admins of the group letting them know she is plagiarizing.

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  9. Hi kfangurl!
    I just stumbled across your blog and I’ve got to say it’s such a treasure! ^-^ I got into kdramas last summer and love your blog!! I hope to revisit often to see what your thoughts are on the latest shows. Hwai-ting (lol)! 😀

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  10. Hi Fangirl, I have a question for you, after finishing watching the 2010 Kdrama, “Oh My Lady”. I had specifically chose this Kdrama because of Choi Si Won because I loved him in “She is Pretty” as the 2ML (he was a better fit for the FL). In the Kdrama, OML, there are two young actresses whose names I could not find on the cast list. These young actresses were adorable and because it has been 10 years since this Kdrama, I was wondering if these young talented actresses can be found in other Kdramas?
    Thank you, Carol Shibuya

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    • Hi Carol! I’m sorry, it’s been so many years since I watched Oh My Lady, that I’m not sure which actresses you’re referring to.. However, you can check out the show’s Asianwiki page here, which lists actors with snapshots of how they appeared in the show. If you find the actresses you’re looking for, clicking on their names should bring you to their individual info pages, and you’ll be able to see if they’ve been in any other dramas recently. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  11. Hey there quick question! Is this you?
    https://mydramalist.com/profile/theaniketyadav/reviews

    Somebody from india posted an exact word for word review (your review) of healer on mydramalist 19-20 days ago. It could be somebody you know but just wanted to clarify with you first, thx.

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    • Hi there Lizzy, thanks for letting me know! You are very sweet! ❤ No, that's not me, and Dang, he really did post my entire Healer review on his profile! 😱 I'm not registered with mydramalist; do you have any suggestions for how I should proceed? Do I need to get in touch with an administrator or something?

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    • Hey Lizzy, quick update, I’ve contacted Support at MDL, and they’re on it to remove the offending review. Thanks so much for letting me know! You rock. ❤

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      • Just saw the reply, you’re very welcome. It was such a coincidence too as I JUST read your review yesterday and then imagine my surprise when going to mdl lol. If it flatters you at all I understand why others would covet that fantastic review haha.

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        • What perfect timing!! 😀 Thanks for having my back, Lizzy, I appreciate you! ❤ That's a nice way to look at why people would steal a review. I try to tell myself something along those lines every time someone steals a review, but honestly, it gets old. 😛 On the upside, this blew over super quick, thanks to your quick thinking, and MDL Support's lightning fast reaction. I'm happy. 😀

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  12. Hi, I always enjoy your drama review! I just watched Mr. Sunshine and happened to really like it. I was wondering what you think about it but couldn’t find the review in your blog. Do you watch Mr. Sunshine? Usually, I’m not really into historical drama but I really recommend this one, definitely one of my favorites. n_n

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    • Hi there, I did attempt to get into Mr. Sunshine, but couldn’t quite get into it, somehow. I did write a few paragraphs about it in my 2018 Year in review post, which you can check out here. 🙂

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  13. Hello
    Can you kindly share a full review of “The Fatal Encounter” Korean movie? I’m very interested in your detailed analysis here.

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    • Hi there Eman, thanks for your request. I’m sorry to say that it’s been quite a while since I watched Fatal Encounter, and my memory of the movie is too hazy to write a review without a rewatch, which I don’t have immediate plans to do. I did mention the movie briefly in my k-love post for Hyun Bin, which you can find here, if you haven’t seen it yet, and are interested to see what little I wrote about it. 😅 I’m sorry I can’t be more immediately helpful! 😝

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  14. hiiiiiiii did you ever finish watching signal? I found your blog a few months back when I binge watched ¨because this is my first life¨and I loved reading your perspective and well thought out reviews, and so I’m wondering if theres a chance you´ll review signal, or if there´s even a chance you´ll go back to finsihing it if you didn´t…. it sounds so rude of me to like make you watch it, so just disregard if youre not up to it! I´ll be on the look out for more of your posts and reviews, love ya

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    • I´m currently watching ¨nobody knows¨ (I recommend) which is yet another police, murder drama…I´ve come to really enjoy this genre ever since I watched ¨Live¨on Netflix… dunno why I´m adding this but ummm yeahhh uwu thank you so much for this blog

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      • Thanks for the recommendation on Nobody Knows.. I honestly don’t know if I’ll check it out, because murder dramas are usually not my thing, but I’ll keep it in mind! Glad you’re enjoying it! ❤

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    • Hi there Yarexy, thanks for checking in! I have to confess that I still haven’t gone back to Signal, even though I know it’s highly praised. I’d gotten about 4 eps in before pausing, because I found the murders hard to watch. 😛 I do plan to go back to Signal sometime, so I’ll hopefully be able to post a review when I do. Just.. probably not very soon. 😅

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  15. Your reviews are really amazing! I find myself agreeing completely with them (except for Uncontrollably fond and Angel’s Last Mission which I absolutely loved). They’re very accurate and just… so well done, because you talk aboit many aspects and don’t just have one opinion. I hope you continue to do these for a long times, I really enjoy reading them.
    Also, if you haven’t already seen them, I suggest you watch:
    Forest
    Bride of Habaek
    Miss Hammurabi
    (…and loads of others but these are in my opinion the most interesting ones ^^)
    I am very curious about your opinion on them.
    Anyways, it’s amazing and keep up the good work!

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    • Hi there Miya, thanks for stopping by, I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying the reviews! 🙂 And, it’s very natural that even though we might agree on many dramas, that there’ll be shows that work for you but not for me, and vice versa. It’s what makes each of us unique, I like to think! 🙂

      That said, I don’t have strong plans to watch the shows you mentioned. I did try a little bit of Bride of Habaek, but I wasn’t feeling it and dropped out early. I’m not very drawn to the premise for Forest, so unless I hear lots of raves about it, I don’t really plan to watch it. I do have good intentions of checking out Miss H, though; you’re the second person to recommend that show to me, in the space of a week. So it’s on my list, but – fair warning – I may not get around to it for a while. 🙂

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  16. Your reviews are really amazing! I find myself agreeing completely with them (except for Uncontrollably fond and Angel’s Last Mission which I absolutely loved). They’re very accurate and just… so well done. I hope you continue to do these for a long times, I really enjoy reading them.
    Also, if you haven’t already seen them, I suggest you watch:
    Forest
    Bride of Habaek
    Miss Hammurabi
    I am very curious about your opinion on them.
    Anyways, it’s amazing and keep up the good work!

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    • Hi there Miya, thanks for stopping by, I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying the reviews! 🙂 And, it’s very natural that even though we might agree on many dramas, that there’ll be shows that work for you but not for me, and vice versa. It’s what makes each of us unique, I like to think! 🙂

      That said, I don’t have strong plans to watch the shows you mentioned. I did try a little bit of Bride of Habaek, but I wasn’t feeling it and dropped out early. I’m not very drawn to the premise for Forest, so unless I hear lots of raves about it, I don’t really plan to watch it. I do have good intentions of checking out Miss H, though; you’re the second person to recommend that show to me, in the space of a week. So it’s on my list, but – fair warning – I may not get around to it for a while. 🙂

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  17. I love your blog (I recently just found it! And I was like “where have you been for the past year of my life?!”) and tend to agree with a lot of what you write in your reviews. I would love to read even your flash opinions on the Arthdal Chronicles. I was blown away at how fresh everything about them felt. From the plot to actually strong female characters to the copious amounts of mud that everything is coated in. Also, as eye-candy, Song Joong Ki is brilliant, shirtless and gorgeous.. ^^

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    • Hi there Naomi, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the reviews! 😀 As for Arthdal Chronicles, I’m sorry to say that I haven’t checked it out, and I don’t actually have much interest to check it out, unfortunately. I’m sorry to disappoint! 😝

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  18. Hey, love your reviews!!! What are your thoughts on Kill Me, Heal Me? Have you watched it? Would you recommend it?

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    • Hi there Rashi! Thanks for enjoying the reviews! 😀 I loved Kill Me, Heal Me, and would rate it approximately A-, I’d say. I had every intention of writing it a solid review when I watched it, but happened to fall into a drama AND writing rut, and just never got around to it. I might still do a throwback review for it sometime, but I can’t make any promises, because I’ve got a lot on my drama plate at the moment, and don’t think I’m in the brainspace to do a throwback review at the moment. I hope you’ll enjoy the watch tho! Ji Sung is breathtakingly amazing in KMHM; he managd to deliver ALL of his multiple characters flawlessly! 🤩🤩🤩

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  19. Hi, I love your blog and value your opinion. Now, I just want to highly (literally to the highest power) recommend you something. If you want to see a drama that fires on all cylinders: Masterful script (tight with no useless filler), very intriguing time travel mystery plot, epic romance with amazing chemistry btw leads, and quality production, please watch “Someday or One Day!” I’ve been watching dramas since 1997 and have become so picky that if a drama has a below average script, I won’t touch it. Lately, nothing’s been impressing me until this Taiwanese drama, out of nowhere, came out and stole my heart.

    Not since “Nirvana in Fire”, “Ten Miles”, and “Healer” (aside from the conspiracy plot ending) have I seen such an amazingly written, acted (two leads made me feel their love was real and I LOVED their chemistry and facial expressions), and produced series. There’s so much crap today that nothing’s been catching my interest until I caught avenuex’s youtube review of this. Boy, she sure wasn’t kidding when she labelled it the best contemporary drama she’s seen since starting her channel.

    Finally, a romance with the most intriguing time travel mystery plot that’s intricately written and doesn’t fall apart. This is the time travel story I’ve always wanted to read or watch: Main girl time travels into the body of another girl and gets that girl’s crush (male lead) to fall hard for her (he didn’t like the original inhabitant). I’ve always wanted to read about a romance plot like that because it’ll be such fun to watch the male lead slowly fall for someone he’s never liked, but now is drawn towards only due to the main girl’s soul inhabiting the body. It’s like he truly falls for her soul/spirit and not the body. Sooo romantic!!! And the drama does such a good job at showcasing the male lead’s “falling” process layer by layer and doesn’t rush it. So delicious and swoonworthy!!!

    No episodes feel like filler and such care is placed into the narrative and character development. The ending (happy, yet bittersweet) totally justified the means and resolved the narrative in the best way possible. It’s both an incredible love story and a story about self-worth and the drama achieved both without seeming forced or preachy. I couldn’t believe how seamlessly the writers were able to intertwine both the love/self-worth plots without sacrificing either. Both heavily overlapped with the other, so it was impossible to become invested in one and not the other -I loved this as I hate too many plot threads that go absolutely nowhere.

    “Someday or One Day” is an absolute masterpiece and will go down as one of my favorite dramas of all time along with “Nirvana in Fire” and “Ten Miles.” I just want you to know that 2019 has churned out a drama that’s very much worth your time. If you care about romance, characters with amazing chemistry, an intriguing time travel story with a carefully constructed script, please give this one a go. You won’t regret it. Right now, I’m jealous of anyone who hasn’t seen it yet as I want to erase my memories so I can watch it for the first time again.

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    • Wow. That is high praise indeed, for any show – I am definitely intrigued. I actually planned to check out the show, because I’d seen some very positive comments about it. Now, with your glowing recommendation, I’ll bump it up my list. It’ll be the next new drama I check out, once I clear some stuff off my drama plate. Thanks for taking the time to share! ❤😘

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    • @usagi7777777 – this sounds very interesting and I am starting this drama right now. Thanks.

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    • @usagi7777777 – Just wrapped this drama up. Appreciate your post as I would never have watched otherwise. It certainly is a different and bold drama. A lot of people loved this drama – it has 14,000 followers (and counting) on Viki alone.

      I am so very happy for you and for all the fans who enjoyed this show! While I did enjoy the show it did not work for me as much as for other viewers. I will say one of the main reasons I continued to watch was for the amazing acting talent of Alice Ke. She had masterful control of this role every…single…second of this drama. The other reason was is that I love time travel based dramas so I was curious to see how it played out. I truly loved Shi Shi’s opening song (it was perfect) but Wu Bai’s Last Dance did not appeal to me at all and I felt it was important to at least like it because it was a consistent piece of the puzzle. I also appreciate that the writer touched on important issues in this drama.

      While I did not love as much as others I still got a lot from this drama. Younger fans and fans of school dramas will like this one a lot.

      For anyone wanting to watch this drama I would say:
      – Don’t use the FF button as every scene is important. Key scenes flash by quickly and they are all important.
      – If you can try to binge the 13 episodes or at least as close together as possible as to not get lost.
      – It has a slow start but before you know it it picks up so don’t get discouraged.

      Thanks @usagi7777777!

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  20. I have a question to ask you kfangurl? I subscribe to both Netflix & Viki to watch the dramas offered. Except there are Kdramas I would like to watch on Viki but say the laws for licensing are prohibited to view this film. Is this the case only in the USA where I reside?
    Thank you, Carol Shibuya

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    • Hi there Carol, there are geo-restrictions on Viki in many countries, not only the USA. In fact, most kdramas on Viki are not available to view in Singapore where I am. These geo-restrictions are not limited to Viki; there are also geo-restrictions on YouTube that apply to various dramas that are available. My personal impression, though, is that viewers in the USA enjoy access to the widest range of kdramas on Viki, so small yay? If you’d like to access the geo-restricted dramas, you could consider using a VPN service to alter your digital location. I hope that helps! 🙂

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      • Wow, kfangurl I wasn’t expecting such a quick reply and thank you for clarifying why some Kdramas are not available for viewing here in the USA. And I guess I should be grateful that I am able to have a more variety than some other countries so I will try not to complain. I visited Singapore several years ago and I was so impressed with how clean everything was plus the beautiful airport. Although a little unsettling to observe soldiers w/ machine guns patrolling the airport waiting areas.

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        • I don’t often manage quick replies, but you have excellent timing, coz I’ve some time to reply to comments today! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed Singapore when you visited! I think it’s not common to see soldiers with machine guns on patrol in the airport; many times, I’ve passed right through the airport, and not seen them. So it’s quite possible that if / when you have a chance to visit again, that you won’t see them either 😉

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  21. I have to admit that thanks to you I had the opportunity to watch some great, and realy GREAT! drama /Coffee Prince, Healer, School 2013, Dream High, I hear your voice – these are just some of your big A and I have already watched almost all your big A 🙂 /. I also admit that thanks to some of your reviews I persevered to the end / it was like with ‘Dream High’ – at first I wondered why I was watching it, but I checked your review and persisted and after a few episodes I was really hooked. And thanks to your ratings – it was like with ‘School 2013’ it realy wasn’t my target but it was thanks to your A+ that I met my platonic love / Kim Woo Bin – he will always be in my heart, and besides, I really liked this drama – and this was only thanks to you!! / Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for that. You really do a great job !!! You don’t even realize how much easier you make my life, cause there is a lot of drama and so little time to devote to them all 🙂 And finally I wanted to recommend you and basically I wanted to know your opinion about a certain drama ‘Arsenal Military Academy’ I admit that I had fun at least when the main characters appeared on the screen. If you have time and feel like it, I will gladly look for your review about it. PS. I apologize for stylistic or grammatical errors. I’m still learning 🙂

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    • Aw, thanks mad, that’s so great to hear, that you’ve found the reviews helpful, and that you’ve enjoyed the dramas that you checked out based on my drama grade! 😀 Yes, it definitely helps to know ahead of time whether it’s worth it to hang in there, so I’m glad that our drama tastes are similar enough, that you find the reviews useful! 🙂 I’m glad the reviews are helping you to save time too, though I must admit, there are so many dramas out there, that I am far from watching them all myself! 😝

      Thanks for the recommendation on Arsenal Military Academy! It wasn’t on my radar before, but I must admit that the trailer looks interesting. I will put it on my list of shows to check out! 🙂

      PS: No need to apologize, your writing is perfectly fine! 😘

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      • I think you will really like this drama. It has all the features: a ton of real sincere laughter / I laughed a hundred, although it is probably a matter of taste /, amazing chemistry between the characters / really well chosen practically the whole cast / and these amazing smiles of real killers of female hearts every now and then thrown towards the viewer. And let’s not forget HIM! The real king of the scene – he steals virtually every moment that has been given to us /To quote the classic: ‘I would rather … be ruined by you than destroyed by …’ Ji Jin – guarantees that you will be destroyed by him and you will still love him ;)/ Although the other heroes also found the way to my heart although I admit sometimes it was a road with obstacles.
        It is true that drama has its moments ‘really?’ and why?’ but which drama is not there – please throw a stone or at least some title. I would love to see such drama closer; p
        Eh, and I finish, because after the drama is over, as usual, I have a certain hunger for the next dramas …. buuu how to live ?! ;p

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        • Thanks to your enthusiasm for this show – and the show’s interesting trailer – I’ve downloaded the show and hope to check it out sometime soonish. Hopefully you’re right and I end up enjoying it as much as you did 🙂

          As for shows with tight writing, most of them belong in the more “serious” genre, I think, like The First Half Of My Life, Nirvana in Fire, Secret Love Affair and My Mister. But, you might want to try Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, if you haven’t seen it yet. I remember feeling like it was solidly written, even though it was a cute rom-com. 🙂

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  22. It has a while since I left a comment. I finished watching “Chocolate” which I loved & I’m now watching “Crashlanding on Me”, another good kdrama. My comment to you is how much I love the music they play in the background of the kdrama series. Frequently I find myself searching for these melodies on You Tube & then listen to them many hours of my day. Of coarse I don’t understand a word they are saying but love the melodies. My very favorite is the song from, “I’m Sorry, I Love You”, Snow Flower, & the sadness it brings me from this touching kdrama. Thank you, Carol Shibuya

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    • Hi there Carol! Happy New Year! ❤ I've just put Chocolate on my list, thanks to positive comments from you and others. I'm also watching Crash Landing on You, and enjoying it very well. And you're very right, the music can do a lot to lift our watch experience, and also, bring back the memories and feels that we associate with a show, long after the drama is over. ❤

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      • Thank you Fangirl for your reply. I just started watching, “Secret Garden” because both actors, the female from “Chocolate” & the male actor from “Crash-landing on You” are the featured leads. It is a older kdrama, I looked through your review section & didn’t notice a review. It is a long series, 20 episodes. I liked the versatility of the characters when because of a magic potion they drink, each transferred into the others bodies. There were several very funny lines from this situation.
        Thank you, Carol Shibuya

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        • Hi there Carol! Always great to hear from you. 🙂 I’m sorry to say I don’t have a review of Secret Garden on the blog. I did love the show when it first aired, but I only started the blog 2 years later, and I never got around to writing it a review. And now, my drama tastes have evolved, and I don’t think I love Secret Garden as much as I did before, unfortunately. I did think Hyun Bin was very handsome in it, though 😉 I hope you enjoy your watch, Carol! 😘

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  23. Hi
    Please do pure pretty on Yoo Ti Jae
    That man is delicious

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    • Thanks for the suggestion, Current! I haven’t been in the right frame of mind for a Pure Pretty post in a while, but I must agree that Yoo Ji Tae is lovely. 😍 I will certainly keep him in mind! 🙂

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  24. Kfangurl,

    I am so late in saying thank you for your reviews. You have led me to some of my favorite dramas and have given me the warm feeling of sharing with a friend when you review my favorites (whenever I rewatch I Can Hear Your Voice I reread your review).

    I am reaching out because I am currently watching the most adorable Cdrama and wondered if you have watched it. It is called “A Little Thing Called First Love”, a remake of a Taiwanese movie (I have to find it now). If you have not had a chance to watch it, I highly recommend it. I am not going to start with the praises because I will never be able to stop. Haha.

    I look forward to reading more of your reviews. Thank you,

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    • Hi there Raquel, thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy to know you’ve found the reviews have been helpful and enjoyable! ❤ And YES, it does feel like we're all friends here, sharing in the experience of watching our dramas! 😀

      Thanks for the suggestion on A Little Thing Called First Love. I'd wondered why it sounded familiar; it was only upon some googling, that I realize I've seen the source movie, which is Thai (if you had trouble finding the source movie, it could be because you were looking for a TW movie?). To be honest, I didn't manage to love the movie as much as everyone else, so I'm not sure how I'll respond to the drama adaptation. 😅 After reading your comment, I dipped my toe in and watched E1. I can't say I love it yet, but will continue to see how I feel about E2. Fingers crossed that I'll like it as much as you do! 🙂

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      • Hi Kfangurl,

        No wonder why I couldn’t find it. Thank you.
        Also, just that you took a chance means a lot. I hope it is your cup of tea, but don’t push yourself.

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        • You’re very sweet, Raquel, thanks. ❤ I will give it a little bit more time, but I suspect that I'm not in the frame of mind for an "ugly duckling crushes on the school star" sort of story. Still, let's see if I can enjoy it as much as you have! 🙂

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  25. Hi! I’m just curious as you are a BIG Gong Yoo fan, but why is there no review or post about Goblin / Guardian : The Lonely & Great God? This kdrama got me hooked, & in just 3 months (i started this August) i have already finished watching 20 titles. Yes, i have given up my social life. lol!

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    • Wow! 20 times! That’s impressive! 😱 I.. am not a very good fangirl after all, I’m afraid. I didn’t enjoy Goblin very much and never finished it. I’m told that with the right mood and mindset, that it’s a lovely watch. I’m mildly hopeful that I’ll find the right mood one day and end up loving it, but for now, it remains on my unfinished list. 😅

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      • You misunderstood me a bit hehe. I meant I’ve watched 20 other kdramas in just 3 months after i finished watching (& rewatching) Goblin. 😀 You should give it another chance, when the timing is right. 🙂

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        • Ah, I see! And here I thought you’d watched the show 20 times! 😆 20 dramas in 3 months is still impressive though.. that’s like 6-7 dramas a month! I have vague good intentions about trying Goblin again, but it’s not high on my priority list. 😅

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  26. Ahh I just found your blog while looking for a new drama and was wondering if you are watching/plan on watching The Untamed? I really enjoyed it and wanted to know your take on it. I did only get interested by episode 15 though and the first two episodes are the most confusing ones, so I must warn you to hold on if you give it a chance (but for me, it was really worth it). ^^ ❤

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    • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! I have Untamed on my list, but haven’t managed to check it out yet. Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll keep E15 in mind!

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      • I read your review on Be Melodramatic and immediately put it on my list, I enjoy your commentary on each episode.

        Life can get super busy and a 50 episode drama is definitely not a small commitment, take all the time you need. I really hope you enjoy and have a good day!

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  27. I can’t. Omg. I just started/binged the available episodes for Extraordinary You and I just had to tell you that it’s freaking amazing. It’s actually blowing my mind. It’s like, everything about the concept for W, but like, done right. The plot is not perfect but the story and setup tie together so well. Kim Hye Yoon is ACTUALLY beyond adorable, I actually really really REALLY love her right now. She’s hilariously witty and sparky, but without being annoying. She’s so so easy to root for and is incredibly likable and entertaining. I definitely have some guesses and thoughts about the directions of the plot generally, but for the most part, it’s not predictable at all. It’s so so refreshing. Something about it just gives it that IT factor that makes it incredibly addicting to me! The pacing is super fast but like, not actually hectic or messy at all. It’s very light and comedic, without trying very hard. I’m loving the meta and poking fun at all the romance tropes. But it’s also got some really good nuggets of more meaningly thoughts and ideas floating around in there. It’s all very natural and feels organic to the setup and idea of the whole story. I just had to rant somewhere. I REALLY think you should give it a shot.

    I also started Camellia lately and I…kinda like it, but definitely not as much as Extraordinary You. Maybe just personal preference, but Camellia is also pretty good. I love the thriller aspect and overall it’s just very slick. I’ve found lately that suddenly I’m just way more into kdrama than cdrama lately. There are a couple of cdramas that I know are objectively fairly good and definitely better than previous years. But…something about kdramas make it very easy to get sucked in and fully decompress. For a while now, I’ve felt like keeping up with cdramas is more like a chore than pure entertainment. Now with the uber stress in school lately and just life, kdramas are the way to go for me. I find that I don’t really need to actively search for “quality dramas”. For the most part they’re all pretty up to standard. No one drama will be subpar. As in, I might drop a kdrama because I don’t like the premise or it’s just not for me. But it won’t be one of those, ohhh I really tried to like it but I couldn’t get past that one glaring technical flaw. Or like, it doesn’t feel like cdramas where it sometimes feels like China is trying really hard to obey a formula and just dish out crappy dramas at a really fast pace. You know what, cdramas for me lately have felt really like fast fashion. They latch onto a certain trend and just mass produce imitations of the same thing. Maybe I’m being very harsh but I just miss feeling like the production team created a drama bc they were excited about an idea and not just…fulfilling their hours for paycheck. And I know staff and everyone work really hard on EVERY drama, but it can get really hard to actually feel that. Ok. Rant over. Sorry. I’m just in a severe cdrama slump.

    Doesn’t help that I’ve recently gotten into Stranger Things and Extraordinary You. So just feeling disappointed in cdramas lately and it’s hard to see the nuggets of gold past that disappointment. Stranger Things is hard to live up to.

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    • Not to say that there aren’t still genuinely amazing cdrama nuggets, like The World Between Us or Burning Ice, but like…idk most tend to be amazing but very heavy. Btw you should absolutely watch The World Between Us. It’s short but packs SUCH a punch. It’s some really heavy stuff, but is absolutely amazing.

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      • I looked up The World Between Us, and it does sound quite special – and dark. I’ve put it on my list, thanks for suggesting it, Julianne! I would’ve never come across without your pointing me to it, I’m quite sure! ❤

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    • Sorry it’s taken me this long to reply this particular comment of yours Julianne! Thanks to your glowing recommendation, I got started on Extraordinary You, and am liking it well so far! I’m only 9 eps in at the moment, but it seems to be shaping up nicely. I have so many questions, but I’m hopeful that Show will reveal sufficient answers in the episodes to come! 🙂 And you’re right, Kim Hye Yoon is very likable in this! She’s so willing to go over-the-top for her character, and there’s no hint of embarrassment about her delivery, which is great. 😀

      Sorry to hear you’ve been in a C-drama slump.. I kind of know what you mean, with the fast fashion analogy. There are a LOT of C-dramas being churned out lately, and it can often feel like the same plot points are being recycled by different shows, with nothing really that fresh or interesting to show for it. I’m still finding my way around with C-dramas, to know better which ones I will like, and which ones I am unlikely to take to, despite popular buzz. It’s a learning curve! 😝 I’m recently really enjoying The Longest Day in Chang’an though! And Le Coup de Foudre seems promising, 2 eps in. 🙂

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  28. Hey Kfangurl! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and really enjoy your reviews! When I was new to the world of kdramas, I would consult your master list for my next watch and I was never led astray, so thanks!

    Answer me 1988 is my all time favourite drama and I notice that you reference it a lot in your reviews! I have a recommendation for you! It’s a C-drama that has been giving me serious AM1988 feels, called ‘Le Coup de Foudre’. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s a super cute drama, with a fabulous family/sibling storyline as well as a few ‘friends to lovers’ storylines as well. The drama follows a group of friends from school to college to adulthood. I know you might be watching ‘Our Youth’ but I feel like this drama also comes close to replicating the AM 1988 feels (and its on viki with English subs lol!)

    I haven’t finished the show yet – so I have no guarantees about the ending, but I felt like I owed it to you to put this show on your radar if i wasn’t already 🙂 Thanks again!

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    • Aw, hi there, biscuitbuff! 😀 Thanks for enjoying the reviews, I’m so pleased that you’ve found the useful! ❤ AM88 is one of my all-time faves for sure, and so any comparison to it is sure to make me sit up and take notice! 😀 Le Coup de Foudre sounds like just the kind of show to steal my heart, so I'm bumping it up my list. I've been super slow with progressing on Our Youth, coz I only put on an ep of it every once in a while, when I feel like I need a little something to freshen my drama palate a little. The lack of English subs also makes it a show that I don't reach for all the time. But I've grown fond of the characters so I do plan to finish it – very slow and easy. 😉 Thanks again for the recommendation! ❤

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    • Oh my, I am so happy to run into a fan of “Le Coup de Foudre”! I felt the AM1988 feels too. I second your recommendation.

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      • I’m currently in the early eps of Le Coup de Foudre.. I’m not loving it yet, but it’s not bad. Maybe I’m just not in the right brain space for school-themed dramas.. 😅 I do plan to keep going, so hopefully the love bug will bite soon! 😉

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        • I didn’t feel it until a about the 8th episode and then it was because of a conversation that was personally meaningful. So it may not be the right one for you (at least now).

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          • That’s good to know, thanks. 🙂 I find that I like the premise, but find the female lead overly hesitant quite often, and I find the halting way that she speaks a little too exaggerated. I also sometimes don’t find the funny parts funny. Like when the male lead got drunk accidentally and acted out of the ordinary. I’m quite sure that was supposed to be funny, but I wasn’t feeling it. Still, this one has enough bright moments for me to keep going, at least for now. 🙂

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  29. Hi,
    Big thanks for your review (Google lead me to this your page) on Radio Romance, a rom-com oldie on Netflix. I got really bothered by the vampire-eyes on the male lead and I am just trying to get something to validate my reason why I need to stop fooling myself and switch to another KD. Any recommendations on Netflix? I wanted a drama filmed in Korea. Will wait for your reply. Thanks!

    PS:
    You must like Gong Yoo for using his pic on your contact page. I like him a lot.

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    • Hi Valerie! Yay that Google led you here! 😀 And YES, those vampire eyes did bother me a lot.. I’m still glad that I dropped out early on that one! 😆 As for Netflix, I’ve heard that there can be regional differences when it comes to what’s available, so I can’t be sure what you’re able to access. Still, I found this list that ought to give you a sampling of what’s available. Out of that list, I loved Prison Playbook, Hello My Twenties (also known as Age of Youth), Healer (I love this one, so much! 😍), Misaeng, Bad Guys, I Hear Your Voice, Let’s Eat, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Pinocchio, and Secret Affair (masterpiece!). More recently, I enjoyed One Spring Night, which is also available on Netflix. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  30. Hey there! I have been a fan of you guys pretty recently. I have been curious of how you guys pick your dramas to watch. An Idea of a segment of post is that every month new dramas come out from all countries right? Like a watch it or nah type. It is where you look at all of the dramas that are coming out and find out if you would watch it right away, marathon it or not watch it at all based on the casting and plot. Thank you for reading!

    P.S.: I love your posts!! Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to your next post!

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    • Hi there, thanks for enjoying the posts, Dramalover! 🙂 I personally keep light tabs on the dramas coming out and then just go with my mood. I don’t feel much able to write the kind of posts you are suggesting, as it takes me a while to decide whether a show is worth checking out, and by the time I wrote anything, it would likely be late into a show’s cycle. For posts like those, you might want to check out Dramabeans’s Premiere Watch posts (such as this one) for kdramas, Asian Addicts Anonymous for her Coming To Netflix posts (such as this one), and Drama Panda’s Upcoming Chinese Dramas posts, like this one. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  31. Hi ladies,
    I really enjoyed reading your reviews and in many occasions share the same view!
    I’d really recommend Rise of the Phoenixes and would be very keen to know what you think of it! It is very long though….
    J J

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    • Hi there JJ, thanks for enjoying the reviews! ❤ I don't have immediate plans to check out Rise of the Phoenixes, though I have heard it's pretty good, despite its tragic ending. China just makes too many dramas for me to keep up with! 😅 I can't make any promises about Phoenixes, but I'll keep it on my list for "possibly later". 🙂

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  32. Hi there, I think I’m so lucky finding your website, I will certainly spend my time digging into it haha. I would really appreciate if you can have a look at and do some reviews about the drama “Goodbye my princess” aka “East Palace” starring Chen XingXu and Peng Xiaoran. Its rating is not so high (7.5/10). I myself see the weak points of the drama. However, I am still blown away by the actors and the tragic story-line. It ended 3 months ago and I’m still stuck into it haha. So really hope that you can do the reviews, that will make my day.

    Thanks a lot.

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    • Hi there Xiao Jiang, welcome to the blog, I hope you’ll enjoy poking around. 🙂 As for Goodbye My Princess, I don’t currently have plans to check it out, but if I do, I will be sure to write a post on how that goes.

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      • Thanks for your reply. I’ve seen that you’re currently watching The Story of Ming Lan and Suddenly This Summer and so am I haha. Looking forward to see your reviews of the two as well as Goodbye My Princess in the near future. I really appreciate your in-depth blog as it shows the thoughts that I have but not be able to express 😍

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  33. I just wondered about a review of Secret Garden. I would attentively read it if you wrote one. Thank you.

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    • Thanks Jeanette.. that’s nice of you to say! Unfortunately, my love for Secret Garden has waned significantly since I first watched it when it aired. I tried a rewatch some time ago, and couldn’t get into it anymore. 😛

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