WATCHING

Dramas I’m watching right now:

  • Record Of Youth
  • 18 Again
  • Do You Like Brahms?
  • Start-Up
  • More Than Friends
  • Someday Or One Day [Taiwan]
  • Love Is Sweet [China]
  • The Rise Of Phoenixes [China]

Dramas I plan to add to my plate, soonish:

  • The Spies Who Loved Me
  • Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
  • Lies Of Lies

So many dramas, so little time..!

670 thoughts on “WATCHING

  1. Layika

    @kfangurl, Hi

    Wow i see u moved 18 again & start up and moved down Lies & Lies to the soonish.
    Can’t wait for the 18 again (I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE) and start up (BECAUSE OF THE SECOND MALE LEAD) reviews

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    1. CarpControl

      Indeed, 18Again has been such a surprise! ^^ If a drama, which isn’t particularly marketed as ‘sad’ succeeds to bring an occassional tear to my eye with its beautiful/ heartfelt moments and then effortlessly switch pace and make me laugh without missing a beat, it has already reached a gold-standard (according to me). Looking forward to @kfangurl’s words on this. I picked it up because of her rec, afterall! ❤️❤️

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  2. Kun

    Hi fangurl!

    I think you mentioned feeling a bit of drama fatigue/slump and I can relate a bit because the current batch of shows has very little appeal for me and I feel like I have almost run out of shows from the past I want to watch as well. I wasn’t sure if you ever got around to trying My Strange Hero, which I believe I saw on a list of maybes for a year end list. If you haven’t, wanted to recommend giving it a try. It touches on a lot of the cozy school themes that I really enjoy and the OTP is hearts in my eyes adorable. This is complete and total puppy love and Yoon Seung Ho and Jo Boa were like a combination of rainbows and sunshine :). There is also some meatier substance in the character dynamics of our main 3 but it never felt like that dragged down the overall tone of cute, happy, and more cute. I hope I convinced you to at least give it a try, and hope you are doing well 🙂

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Hi Kun, thanks for thinking of me! ❤️ I did dip a toe into My Strange Hero while it was airing, but I’d had a bit of drama fatigue at the time, and what I did see of E1 didn’t grab me. I’ve heard good things about it though, so I might still check it out sometime in the future. 🙂 In the meantime, I’m happy to say that I’ve started on TW drama Someday Or One Day, and 3 eps in, am loving it a lot. If you haven’t seen it, I do recommend it. 😀

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      1. Kun

        Thank you for the recommendation, the plot sounds quite interesting if a little confusing will give it a try 🙂

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        1. kfangurl Post author

          I went in blind, and I’ve found that it actually helps a lot to not know what to expect, when it comes to enjoying this show! 😀 I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  3. Lehar

    Glad you will be watching “more than friends” I almost dropped it after ep 2 . But it actually gets bettwer with more and more episode . Ong Seong Wu is so amazing here and so different from “moment at eighteen”. It is really pretty drama with great visuals .

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  4. CarpControl

    Hello kfangurl!!!
    Because of Halloween & Autumn season, I have been switching out my fluffy k-drama diet for darker, psychological offerings.
    Was pleasantly surprised to stumble across a j-dorama called Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteru (aka ‘is something wrong with us?’). If 1.murder mystery with slight-makjang reveal; 2.background setup of quaint traditional japanese sweet-making; 3. fast paced story (8 one-hour episodes); 4. revenge plot with a dash of conflicted romance….. <3
    sounds interesting, you could check it out 🙂
    also, bonus is the eye-candy actor (plus faithful acting to the manga version)

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    1. Vivi

      I enjoyed this gem of a series (Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru ) too! Kept me in it’s hooks all the way. Bits of Japanese tradition plus mystery, murder and a star-crossed love – sweet!

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  5. Sadia

    I love your reviews and it is so detailed. I know you have many dramas in your plate. So I want to recommend you Chinese drama ” Perfect and Casual “and “waiting for you in the future”. I hope when you will be free,you can give it a try . They are both a gem. Waiting for your review on Into the ring. Love you very much❤❤❤❤❤.

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    1. CarpControl

      i think since kfangurl has already watched (and loved) BTIMFL, there is a chance she might not like Perfect & Casual as much, because the character and plot setups are pretty similar. it almost appears as a Beta/ Lite version of k-drama. Nonetheless, I quite liked watching it though, despite finding BTIMFL as the much superior/ well-written one! 🙂

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  6. Kun

    Hi fangurl 🙂
    No clue if you will see my comment but wanted to recommend Start Up. Its another Park Hye-ryun show and I know how much you enjoyed I can hear your voice, Pinnochio, and Dream High. Has the trademarks of her show so far, well written lovable characters with strong dynamics with each other. I know you aren’t fond of Suzy but I find her to be solid so far in the show, and the more exciting dynamic is between the two male leads which I know you will love 🙂

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Thanks for the endorsement of Start-Up, Kun! I did enjoy IHYV, Pinocchio and Dream High! You are so right, I was hesitating over whether to try Start-Up because of Suzy. But I’ve heard enough encouraging things (that she’s not terrible, and some people even say she’s improved), so it’s now on my list. Thanks for thinking of me! ❤️😘

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      1. phl1rxd

        Hi Fangurl – Just want to say that there is a lot of heart in this drama. In my humble opinion Kim Sun-Ho and Kim Hae-Sook are the stars of this show. It is getting a little wonky and the writers need to reel it back in, but even with that the two aforementioned actors make it worthwhile.

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          1. phl1rxd

            FYI Fangurl – Did I just jinx Start Up by saying wonky too soon? I rarely have these kind of reactions but I just finished E10 where, for almost its entirety, I was yelling at my screen. LOL! So sad as it had so much potential. I hope if you watch you enjoy this FG. I am going to have to drop it.

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            1. kfangurl Post author

              Oh, dang that the show aggravated you so much, phl! 😝 I’ve started on it, and am enjoying it quite well so far, so I won’t jump the gun, and hope that somehow E10 doesn’t aggravate me as much..! 😅 If it does, I have the option of dropping it too! 😆

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  7. rookie

    Hi! I’d love to read a review of The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty if you ever watch it. I found it incredibly fun and well done.

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion, rookie! I’ve added it to my list so that I don’t forget – but no promises that I will be able to watch it, because that list is huge and neverending! 😝😅

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      1. rookie

        Hah, I can imagine! I’d almost recommend leaving this one for when you’re in a slump, because it definitely worked that way for me. It’s all found family and bromance and sleuthing (and political machinations and state-sponsored violence, but what can you do). Then again the leads were so appealing I watched two other incredibly mediocre shows just to see more of them, so maybe it’s not the best slump advice…

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  8. rarrbear

    Do you plan on watching Dinner Mate? I don’t know how it got low ratings, I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved Seo Ji-hye in it! Maybe I was a little biased because I felt like she got shafted so bad in CLOY. Would love to read your thoughts on Dinner Mate.

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  9. Prashil Prakash

    I hope you get around to check out this show called “Live” (if you haven’t already)

    It stars Jung Yumi and Sung Dong il. And Its available on Netflix

    It was a new find for me. Feels like a good slice of life show,
    Revolving around the lives of Patrolling police officers.

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    1. keke

      Oh i have just started it. To be honest, i love such dramas – like my mister and prison playbook etc but live has been really slow for the first two episodes? Does it get better soon?

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      I’m still watching it right now (I know, I’m always so behind everyone!), so it’ll be a while before the review comes out. Thanks for looking forward to it, it’s cominggg (probably next month 😅)

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  10. lotusgirl

    I’m especially loving “Do You Like Brahms?” right now. I’m starting Record of Youth today, since I now have to wait for more eps. of DYLB. I also finally watched Reply 1988. What an amazing show! Thanks for recommending it.

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  11. Storyteller

    Hey, K. Good to see that you’re picking up Flower of Evil–nothing too graphic here, fortunately. 😂 Well-paced plot and great acting by Joon-gi and Chae-won. 🤗

    And because mystery melos (with a dash of romance) 😂 are clearly my niche, I’ve picked up Lie After Lie. The premise–a woman (who may or may not be an ex-con), pretends to fall in love with a man who adopted her daughter, to be her daughter’s stepmom–seems right uo my alley.

    On the lighter side, School Nurse Files seems to be a fresh quirky comedy, while 18 Again looks an interesting fantasy romance, ala Familiar Wife 😂

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  12. sydia

    Hi! I love your blog and I constantly check your watching list. Looking forward to your reviews of the dramas you are watching currently! (Especially Someday or Oneday, I loved that show!)
    PS: I would highly recommend watching The Untamed! It made this lockdown not as terrible for me and I am sure it would brighten your life as well! ^^

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Thanks for enjoying the blog, sydia! 🙂 I do plan to check out Someday Or One Day, when I have some extra time. Right now my hands are full working on the dramas currently on my plate, plus the technical issues that the blog’s been experiencing. 😅

      I’ve had The Untamed recommended to me many times! I will give it another try when I’m in the mood for some xianxia.. I think I overdosed a little bit before, and now don’t find myself in the mood for it. 😝

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  13. Abhinanda

    I will start out with saying this, I love your blog!!!
    As I have gotten older, I have gotten much more selective with what I watch. Unlike in my hay days where I watched anything and everything. And the lovely part of it all is that when I discovered your blog, I found shows you had rated not so well (which people loved) were also shows I had similarly not liked so much. I had finally found a source that did not follow what the public opinion of a show was and just gave their honest opinion about things which in most cases perfectly matched my tastes. (Thank you so much for unintentionally being my mind twin). Now, your opinions on a show is a solid go to for me before starting anything new.

    P.S. Do give The Untamed a try, you might be surprised. (If you haven’t read the novel, first 3 episodes might be confusing) but do give it a shot when you have time

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Aw, so happy that you love the blog, Abhinanda! ❤️ And how cool, that we seem to have similar tastes in dramas!! Hi5! 😀 Super glad that you found me, and I’m so happy to know that you find the reviews useful! Thanks for the recommendation on The Untamed.. I’ve had that suggested so many times, I ought to give it a 2nd look. I haven’t been in the mood for xianxia for a while, though. I will give it a try when I next find myself ready for some xianxia! 🙂

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    1. kfangurl Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it, Joy! I have to confess I haven’t had the time to start on it yet.. but I hope to, after I’ve cleared some space on my drama plate! 🙂

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  14. merij1

    This is a tip for those who periodically browse for recent comments to KFG’s Currently Watching post.

    There are now five pages worth of comments and replies. Unfortunately — and for reasons outside her control — the oldest page lists first, starting with a comment by Rainbow on December 17, 2012.

    Here’s how to advance quickly from the Joseon era to modern times:

    1. Click the “End” key on your keyboard to jump to the very bottom of the page
    2. Find and click the light blue link for “Newer Comments” to advance to page #2
    3. Repeat those steps four times to advance to the most recent comments

    The good news is that once you make it to page #5 the newest comment will be at the very top.

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    1. kfangurl

      Thanks MeriJ! I’m so sorry you guys are having trouble with the blog being glitchy about this. Let me try to take it up with WordPress Help again tomorrow, and see if I can’t get someone to look into this. The last tech I got assumed all my glitchy troubles were because of my expired theme, but now that I’ve changed to a non-expired theme, we’re still having issues. Hopefully we can get this sorted out so that you guys don’t have to acquire a new set of skills just to hang out here! 😝

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        1. merij1

          Within your WordPress account, there are four places you can tweak how your receive notifications of new comments others have made:

          1. The system-wide default setting is made at Notification Settings/Comments. That’s where you say you want to be notified by email anytime someone “likes” or replies to a comment you’ve made on any WordPress blog.

          2. When you make a comment to a specific post, there’s a box you can check saying you want to be notified by email of any new comment to that post, even if it’s not a reply to one of yours.

          3. If you want to change HOW or WHEN you receive notifications, system-wide, go to Notification Settings/Reader Subscriptions. The options for email notification are: instantly, daily or weekly. If you choose daily or weekly, you can specify when you want them. (If you choose instant, it only works most of the time, but whatever…)

          4. If you want to see ALL new comments for a specific blog, including ones on posts/sections you haven’t commented on yourself and therefore might not care about — go to Notification Settings/Reader Subscriptions/Use the Reader (where “Use the Reader” is light blue font in the first sentence at the top of the page.

          A list of blogs you are following will appear — although for some reason it probably won’t include the ones you actually care about. Weird. So if you don’t see KFG, paste The KFG Verdict’s URL in the search bar that says “Search or enter URL to follow….”

          Add her blog, then open the Settings cog to the far right once it populates and enable the third option: “Email me new comments.” Again, this will be ALL new comments, anywhere on the site, so definitely not the best choice for everyone. (Beez, in your case, this is the setting change you need to undo from earlier in the week.)

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  15. merij1

    Anyone here watching Was It Love on Netflix? I’ve only watched the trailer and read a review, but it looks pretty good. Six episodes have aired thus far.

    The premise sounds a teeny bit like Love is A Bonus Book — woman in her later 30s with a daughter, frozen out of the job market. Except in this case, she aspires to be a film or K-Drama producer.

    It stars Song Ji-hyo plus four, count em, four male suitors: Son Ho-Jun,Song Jong-Ho, Kim Min-Jun and Koo Ja-Sung.

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        1. beez

          This new format is interesting. I find myself not liking that it sends me posts for shows I’m not interested in (easy fix to just delete them though) but I really don’t like that I’m getting comments for shows that I plan to watch but haven’t yet. But then again, I like getting comments like this that reveal parts of the blog that I didn’t even know existed!

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          1. kfangurl

            That’s weird? You mean this new theme/template on the blog sends you emails on comments for the whole site, even though you didn’t opt for it? 🧐

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            1. merij1

              It’s not your new format, it’s changes Beez and I made to our WordPress accounts for how this blog sends notifications. Beez, you changed yours to say you want notification of all comments from this specific blog. So you need to retrace your steps on that. I’ll post instructions in a few minutes.

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            2. beez

              @kfangurl – Yup. I wonder if that’s the result of me playing with the settings? Even though I was already subscribed to the blog, it didn’t show up in my subscriptions so I searched and added it. I then selected send me comments “instantly”. I’ll have to find my way back to that part of my WordPress account to see if I did something to cause me to start receiving EVERYthing. I saw someone else said they’re getting it that way to. It was either merij1 or Geo (I think)

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              1. kfangurl

                That was MeriJ. He says you can change the settings in your WP account; he mentioned he would post instructions soon, on how to do that. 🙂

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                1. beez

                  Got it. I started to not be lazy and try to figure it out on my own but real life is calling. I’ll watch for his instructions (thanks merij1) and if he can’t get to it, when I come back to the blog, I’ll try to figure it out.

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  16. Sara

    Just finished Hi Bye, Mama and now started Coffee Prince and Come Hug Me. I absoltely loved My Mister. I basically binge watched it. Ops!
    Thanks to Netflix, I have started watching K-drama a couple of years ago and I’m totally amazed by the number of series there. Wow. Anyway… I’m a novice really. Happy to have found your website. Thanks for sharing! 감사합니다

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    1. kfangurl

      Welcome to the wonderful world of dramas! 😀 Being a novice is great, coz that means you have so much more to explore! 😀 I hope you’ll find the reviews helpful in figuring out which shows work for you! <3

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