The Fangirl Verdict

Completely biased reviews and fangirling

WATCHING

Dramas I’m watching right now:

  • At Eighteen [A Moment At Eighteen]
  • Itaewon Class
  • Black Dog
  • The Secret Life Of My Secretary
  • This Week My Wife Is Having An Affair [paused]
  • Le Coup de Foudre [China] [paused]
  • Medical Examiner Dr. Qin [China] [paused]

Dramas I plan to add to my plate, soonish:

  • My Holo Love
  • Tell Me What You Saw
  • I Will Find You When The Weather Is Nice
  • Someday Or One Day [Taiwan]

So many dramas, so little time..!

544 thoughts on “WATCHING

  1. I love this blog so muchhhhh – recommended to all my friends when I get them hooked on kdramas – usually by showing them the first ep of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and as soon as Park Hyung Sik comes onto the screen I know I’ve succeeded in my mission hehe ;)) I’ve been on this blog for a few years now and just wanted to let you know that I think you will really really love I’ll find when the weather is nice – given our current situation at the moment it’s healing nature is a welcome and much needed presence in dramaland and our watching experiences. I think you’ll really appreciate the understated love and healthy relationship (which is just progressing into a two sided one) dynamics that are shown. That along with the beautiful setting and friendly neighbourhood vibes reminded me so much of Reply 1988 which I know you loved. Can’t wait for your review on this! Hope your safe and taking care of yourself in the midst of this global pandemic. Fighting!

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    • Aw, thanks so much for the love, I feel it through my screen!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Thanks for recommending the blog to your friends, you are my unofficial ambassador! ❀

      Thanks for the suggestion on I’ll Find You When the Weather is Nice.. I love that already managed to identify what I’ll like about it. Love that! I feel like you know me so well. 😘 And you’re right, I do really appreciate healthy relationship dynamics being put on display in dramas, so I’m already looking forward to checking this one out! It might be a little while yet, coz I’ve got a few dramas to finish up and review before I add more dramas to my plate, but this one’s high on my list! πŸ˜‰

      I’m keeping well, thank you for thinking of me! Please take care too, and stay well! ❀

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  2. Heloo, how are you? hope you and your dearest keep healthy ❀
    I just want to share and recomend a Japanese Dorama Koi Wa Tsuzuku Yo Dokomademo.
    Takeru Satoh is the lead Actor, actually it's been so long since my last dorama (i regularly watched dorama in Takuya Kimura, takashi sorimachi era. so long ago) but since these past years its easier to access kdrama, so i alwatch kdrama.
    last week i accidentaly saw post about this Koi Tsudu drama and saw Takeru Satoh looks so cool in it, so i watched in and i loooooooooooovvvvvvvveeeeee it.
    It's a drama that so cliche, so simple and so sweet, it's background is medical but after get used to kdrama conflict in hospital (hospital politic, cool, difficult and realistic operation scene) this drama is so simple, but feels so sincere.
    i'm gonna say it that don't hope theres a super cool story or twist in this drama, its so simple and easy, and even the scenes between otp is cliche and full of drama tropes (i read your article bout this :p )
    for me it just a perfect drama in this situation, it sure help me through this stay at home moment πŸ™‚
    So if you need some refreshment and easy, sweet, cute romance with super cool male actor i suggest you try to watch this, it's only 10 ep.
    Hope you will try it ❀

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    • Hi there putri! Great to see you! ❀ Once again, I'm planning to check out a show that I was actually thinking of skipping, ha. First, When The Devil Calls Your Name, and now Koi Wa Tsuzuku Yo Dokomademo. I did have someone suggest it to me, but after looking at the synopsis, I decided that it was too much like Mischievous Kiss, and I feel like I'm over that franchise by now. But.. your enthusiastic remarks have made me think again. Plus, I did love A Love So Beautiful, which is also quite similar to Mischievous Kiss. So, I've changed plans, and I think I will be checking out Koi Wa Tsuzuku Yo Dokomademo soonish. I hope I'll like it as much as you did! 😘

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  3. Hi,my comment isn’t precisely related to the post ,but I don’t know where to write it ,I’m writing this cause I truly haven’t found it on the blog ,(but if is there and I haven’t foud it ,sorry )well,to be short,I just wanted to know if you ever made a review or watched this three dramas: “Goblin”,”The legend of the blue sea” , and “While you where sleeping ” if you have ,would you please tell me breafily what are your thoughts on those?

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    • Hi there Ivy, thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚ To answer your questions,
      Goblin: I got up to about E10, but have paused on it indefinitely because I found myself struggling to connect with the characters and story. I liked bits of it, but struggled to like it as a whole. I haven’t officially dropped it because I might give it another try sometime. I hear with the right mood, it is lovely.
      Legend of the Blue Sea: I got about 8 eps in, and realized I wasn’t enjoying the show much. I liked the early episodes quite well, but I generally wasn’t feeling it much, once I got past the initial fish (or mermaid) out of water hijinks. I don’t have plans to go back to this one.
      While You Were Sleeping: I was in a bit of a drama rut when I tried this one, and dropped out early, because it reminded me too much of I Hear Your Voice, which was by the same writer, and felt like a rehash of similar story and themes. I’m also not a big fan of Suzy’s acting, so even though I enjoy Lee Jong Suk, I dropped this one. I might go back to this one sometime, but it’s not a priority for me.

      Maybe not quite what you were hoping for, since I didn’t finish any of the shows you asked about, but I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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  4. Just giving you a tip. If you ever have the urge to watch Cinderella and four knights…don’t… big waste of time

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  5. Oh I really like you splitting into two categories! I’m always curious what you are watching next so this is great. I’ve heard about Someday or One Day and was intending to watch, so glad you will be too! And I’m curious how you’ll find Secret Life of my Secretary, it’s a cute but a bit silly show. Can’t wait to see more reviews and thanks always for all the love put in for each review!

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    • Aw, thanks MC! Glad you like the change! I do have plans to check out Someday or One Day, but I’ve heard that it’s quite heavy, even though it’s so solid, and so, given the current climate, I’m looking for lighter things right now, to watch and review. I think that’s one way I can help everyone, coz I think right now, most people wouldn’t have the mental bandwidth to watch something heavy. I will definitely watch Someday or One Day though! Just.. slightly later than I’d planned. πŸ˜… Secret Life of My Secretary is turning out to be logic light but quite enjoyable nonetheless! I think I will be able to put up a review in about a week. πŸ™‚ Thanks for enjoying the reviews, my dear! ❀

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  6. hiii kfangirl! You definitely need to check Itaewon class and when the weather is fine. I am regularly watching IC and this show is just so so fantabulous. This show has it all that you need for a good drama. Till now only four episodes of when the weather is fine has gone on air and as of now I am loving this show. It has some of sort of soothing feel. Will wait for your review.

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    • Hi ther soumya! Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve just started on Itaewon Class, and 2 eps in, I’m liking it very well. Very promising! πŸ˜€ I’ve also got When the Weather is Fine on my list as a priority watch for when I get to it, because I’ve heard so many good things. I just hope I’m not expecting too much! πŸ˜πŸ˜…

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      • I loved Itaewon class to bits and I guess after a long time I have enjoyed a show till the end. Crash landing was also great but by the end of the series I started losing interest. I am following when the weather is fine and till now i have watched 10 episodes. I am loving this show as of now let’s hope it continues to be good. πŸ™‚

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        • Hi there soumya, I’m currently watching Itaewon Class, and just 5 eps in, I’m liking it very well. Glad to hear that you loved it so much! πŸ˜€ I’ve got Weather on my list, and have heard lots of good things. Can’t wait to enjoy it as much as everyone else! πŸ˜€

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  7. I am so happy I came across your blog.
    I would recommend to you the drama “Cleaning with passion for now” – would be cool to hear your opinion on that one

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  8. I haven’t seen a review of Cleaning with passion for now.
    I would really recommend that Drama to you – it is a bit cheesy at times but I love it even as a guy πŸ™‚

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    • Ah. I tried 4 eps of Cleaning with Passion and while I did find it rather cute, I also could not jive with Show’s sense of humor, unfortunately. Too much toilet and vomit humor for my taste. 😝 Glad the show worked for you tho! πŸ˜‰

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  9. Much appreciate your takes on all these shows. I normally do not comment on public forums but your site is so helpful that I felt compelled to drop a thank you note. Your well-articulated comments, nice photos, spoiler alert warnings and final ratings all come together nicely in a useful manner for k-drama lovers like myself. Bravo kfangurl!

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    • Aw, thanks so much T, I appreciate the love! ❀ I'm so happy to know that you find the reviews useful, and that you enjoy the site. Thank you for taking the time to let me know! πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜

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  10. Good Morning Fangirl, I have a sensitive question to put out here. I am a huge fan of K-dramas here in the USA & although I don’t understand Korean, it doesn’t hamper my love for these dramas. And best of all there are a number of storylines to suit anyones taste, young or old. The stories are always done in respect for traditions in Korea but has there ever been a storyline of a mixed race coupling? Possibly this would be frowned on in Korea? I don’t mean to offfend anyone, I was just curious. (My late husband was Japanese.)
    Thank you, Carol

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    • Hi Carol, that’s an interesting question. You’re right to say that in Korea, traditionally, mixed race marriages are faced with some degree of prejudice. However, things are slowly evolving, I believe. For some insight into a real-life mixed race couple in Korea, you might want to check out My Korean Husband. In terms of dramas, I realize that off the top of my head, I couldn’t really think of dramas which featured mixed race couples, BUT, I did manage to find this little video which lists a number of mixed race pairings on dramas. As far as I can tell, these were not the main couple in the dramas, but supporting characters or supporting arcs. I think that does reflect quite accurately where we are right now, in terms of this issue, ie, there is a degree of openness to it, but not to the extent that a kdrama would feature a mixed race couple as its lead couple. I hope that helps πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you Kfangurl for taking the time to answer my question, I was curious how a mixed couple relationship might be handled in a K-drama. Probably a sensitive subject in Korea or even Japan when traditions are a priority. Here is the USA there are so many mixed couple relationships when during WWII and after the war, it was illegal in some states for a Japanese and a Caucasian to marry. We have come a long way since those days but I can understand that this kind of a relationship may be frowned upon in other countries. It would make for an interesting K-drama I think? And I will definitely check out those suggestions you mentioned.
        Thank you, Carol Shibuya

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        • You’re very welcome, Carol, I hope the links help to add clarity! πŸ™‚ Indeed, it would be interesting to see a mixed race couple as the main loveline in a kdrama. Maybe one day? πŸ˜‰

          Edit: PS, I came across this interview today, of the couple from My Korean Husband, about what it’s like to be an interracial couple in Korea, and thought you’d find it interesting. Here you go:

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  11. We just finished Crash Landing on You. I look forward to hearing your take on it!

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    • Hi there MeriJ! I’m absolutely working on the review – but this one might take a little longer than my usual, coz I’m doing at least a partial if not full rewatch, to test a theory. I hope to post the review by the end of the week, so stay tuned for that! πŸ˜€

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      • We loved it for 3/4s of the show, started hating the lazy TV show-quality writing toward the end, but were ultimately satisfied with the various resolutions. We certainly loved all the characters as written and as brought to life by the actors.

        If there were one thing I would change about the tropes in these rom dramas, it would be the incredibly annoying tendency to introduce protagonist stupidity at the 11th hour, just to maintain tension. It feels so manipulative.

        For example, having a protagonist sob hysterically for five minutes while the person they care about is bleeding out, instead of first calling an ambulance and compressing the wound. IRL, you go into desperate action mode first, then sob when there’s nothing left you can do and are faced with how utterly helpless you are in the hands of fate.

        Or continually underestimating ruthless opponents. Etc.

        We don’t watch TV generally and have only been watching the better Korean dramas, So I guess when they revert to mere-TV-quality-writing , we’re not as forgiving as a regular TV watcher might be…

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        • Thanks for sharing your experience of the show, MeriJ! πŸ˜€ That does mirror my own experience quite well, but I did have large gaps between episodes because I watched this as it was airing, and then even fell behind due to real life busyness, which made me wonder whether my dissatisfaction with the show had to do with my loss of momentum in watching the show, or was purely due to the Show’s shortcomings themselves. That’s what prompted me to do the rewatch, just to see if I would feel differently, if I was binge-watching the show instead. Your comments about the writing weaknesses does affirm my own observations.. I, too, found it hard to believe that a highly trained Special Forces officer wouldn’t spring into emergency mode and at least compress the wound, and would instead just cry about it. πŸ€―πŸ˜†

          Still, I found the drama enjoyable overall, despite all the logic stretches. I’m more picky than the average viewer, but I do see the value in suspending disbelief, if Show is bringing lots of other goodies to the table, and often try to adjust my viewing lens accordingly. Hopefully the other dramas I suggested to you will give you greater overall satisfaction! πŸ˜‰

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          • Ah, don’t get me wrong. We loved CLOY. There are so many aspects of it that are wonderful, but the characters above all. Both sides of the primary OTP in particular, but everyone else as well. It’s also the first one we’ve seen that was more like a Latin American Nelenovela, with a mix of romance, humor, hilariously over-the-top campiness, James Bond action etc. We loved it.

            As for the ending — I hope this will not too spoilerish for others reading your watch list — I am starting to pay close attention to how these dramas wrap up. The rhythmic timing, in particular. I mentioned that the incredibly satisfying OTP climax of Chocolate occurs in the penultimate episode, with the finale seeming more like denouement. CLOY was a bit the same, I thought, in terms of how they paced the 111 minute finale itself. I thought it worked quite well, especially since they’d already established that pattern with those after-action scenes at the end of each episode.

            Our millennial child just finished Chocolate, btw. Talking with them about it last night, I realized you probably think it’s a medical drama. At first it seems like it will be, but the action soon shifts to the hospice facility and the emphasis shifts accordingly. It’s a very humanity-focused show. And while I do prefer stronger female leads, in this case it works because she’s been seriously damaged since early childhood.

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            • Indeed, Crash Landing did manage to be a pretty cracky package, pulling together a lot of entertaining elements together really well. The writer also wrote You From Another Star (aka My Love From Another Star / My Love From The Stars). It’s the other one of her projects that I feel manages a similar effect, and both feel like distinct stories, even though many of the same devices are used, down to the epilogues. If you and your wife loved CLOY and would like another similar-yet-different sort of show to sample, I do think you have a good chance of enjoying You From Another Star πŸ™‚

              Thanks for the insight on Chocolate.. I do like humanity focused shows a lot more than medical shows, so I’m slightly more inclined to give it another look, when I’m in the right mood. πŸ™‚

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  12. I’m looking forward to your review on Crash Landing on You….

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  13. Thank you Kfangirl, I will be anxious to read your review for CLOY when it becomes available. This paticular Kdrama has a lot of followers on FB & many of the viewers are trying to find another Kdrama that will fill their void. I did recommend your website for great suggestions on more Kdramas. I’m presently watching Dr. Romantic 1 & 2 & find the medical stories very factual coming from a one time OR nurse. I do recall reading that you really don’t care for medical Kdramas and I must admit, this Kdrama is not for the squeamish.

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    • Aw, thanks for pointing other dramas in this direction! I feel the love! πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Also, thanks for the heads-up on the Dr. Romantic dramas! Those have been recommended to me as well, but you are very right to say that I don’t care for medical dramas, so knowing that it’s not for the squeamish really helps me! Thank you! ❀😘

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  14. CLOY was the all time favorite for many of us & viewed by so many all over the world. A part 2 would be well received. Beautiful love story filmed partly in Switzerland.

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    • Glad you enjoyed CLOY, Carol! It really has been breaking records in a way we haven’t seen in a while! I’m still a few eps away from the end, so the review will be a little while yet. πŸ˜…

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  15. Seems like your watching Crash Landing On You right now, I fell in love with that story line. I hope it gives you the feelings and vibes it gave me. So need a season 2 for it -.- Someone should start a poll or something πŸ™‚ but yeah about everything else i hope you enjoy Captain Ri’s boys and Seri’s bodyguards lmao πŸ™‚

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    • Hi there! Yes, I’m currently watching Crash Landing! I do very much enjoy Captain Ri’s boys! They are the cutest! I do have some quibbles on the show itself, but will reserve judgment till I’ve seen the show in its entirety. 😁

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  16. Happy 2020: first: you are my “go-to” site for review if i want an opinion re investing time in a drama. Noticed Queen : Love and War is not on your list and at only 8 episodes right now, I am hooked. I would really love to hear your comment.

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    • Hi there g, thanks for enjoying the reviews. πŸ™‚ I’ve heard mixed reactions to Queen: Love and War, but your positive experience intrigues me. I’ll put it on my list to at least give it a toe-dip, to see if it’s my cup of tea. πŸ™‚

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  17. I love your blog. I just wish that the newest comments showed up first :/

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  18. Its been a while since I have commented. i am glad your watching Le Coup de Foudre. It is my first Chinese drama that I really enjoyed. I watched it so fast that I have to rewatch it. It made me emotional and had many relate able moments. It starts out slow but it really is a great show.

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    • Hi there little moments! Thanks for taking the time to comment! Le Coup de Foudre does seem like a sweet story, but I must admit that I’m currently on a sort-of break from it. I find myself not quite in the mood for it, but I do intend to go back to it. πŸ™‚

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  19. Will you be checking out Hotel Del Luna? It’s an amazing show I feel, story and plot wise, and it’s all the rage… I’m curious to see what you feel about it!

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    • Hi there Jasmine, I’m sorry for the late reply, but I am finally watching Hotel Del Luna, and I’m enjoying it reasonably well. IU’s fantastic in it, and so is her wardrobe πŸ˜‰ I do plan to write a review for it when I get to the end, so do look out for that! πŸ™‚

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  20. so excited for your review for Le Coup de Foudre. πŸ₯°

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    • Hi there daughtiKawaii, I’ve paused on Le Coup de Foudre for a bit, to concentrate on other shows, but I do plan to go back to it. It’s just that a review might take a while longer than I expected. πŸ˜…

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  21. Your review on ‘The Crowned Clown’ brought me here and man did I love that piece of writing! It was delight to read for me as that drama has a very special place in my heart. I loved how deep you dived into it. Which is why I would honestly feel eternally grateful to you if you could find the time to watch Hotel Del Luna and give us a review. Take alllll the time you need. I would just love ro read how you felt about it as I am having a real hard time moving on from it. I dont know whether it has been suggested already but do watch the first few minutes of the first episode. (I wanna say I promise you won’t regret it but also wanna stay safe but a long verdict on that would be a delight to read!)
    And yes, so many dramas………………on my droplist. Oh man…….

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    • Hi there Merry! Thanks for the kind words – I’m so glad you enjoyed my review of The Crowned Clown. That is such a solid show, through and through. ❀ As for Hotel Del Luna, I've got it on my list to check out, but haven't managed to get around to it as yet. I hope to at least check it out before the year ends, but the clock is ticking and my drama plate is overflowing, so I've got my work cut out for me! πŸ˜¬πŸ˜…

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  22. Helooo, i just finished When The Devil Calls Your Name and i really like it. Actually i’m not sure if you’ll like this fantasy genre but it’s Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong. Dont we love their chemistry on Life on Mars? and their bromance in this drama is also very good. and the best thing from this drama is their songs. because this drama is about music industry, so there are many song involved and allllll of those songs are so good. it’s been 5 days in a row i keep looping all of their ost.and of course Jung Kyung Ho’s acting is superb. old version, young versio, when he’s sad, when he’s being greedy, his regret. his acting is so good. so so good.
    i really hope you’ll check this drama.

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    • Hi there putri, thanks for the recommendation! πŸ™‚ I did have The Devil Calls Your Name on my list, but time slipped away from me and I got distracted by newer shows. I heard that the plot was a little all over the place; did you feel similar? I do have a big soft spot for both Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong, so I hope to give the show a try. πŸ™‚

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      • The plot was a little all over the place indeed, got a a little boring at ep 2 – 6 but please bear with it, you will not regret because after ep 6 i just cant stop watching. and again Jung Kyung Ho is very good on this drama (well, he’s good on all of his drama) but here he became a greedy person and how he deliver it, his guilt.. huhu i dont know how to express it. just please watch it.

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        • Thanks putri, I’ll try to make time for it! Right now, my drama plate is spilling over, and I still have so many dramas that I want to check out, for various reasons. I’ve put it on my list though, so I won’t forget! πŸ™‚

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  23. Heyyy I wonder if you got any plans for checking out Be Melodramatic? It’s really quirky but heartfelt and is kinda sorta similar-ish to Because This Is My First Life(which i believe you loved a lot minus the disappointment that were the last episodes)

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    • Hey there Amyy, thanks for your suggestion! I know I’m late to reply, but I’m currently watching Be Melodramatic, and it’s as quirky and heartfelt as you said. I’m still some episodes from finishing it, but I plan to post a review of this, likely in early November, so stay tuned! πŸ˜€

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  24. I really hope you could make a review of Hotel Del Luna. Thank you πŸ™‡

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  25. Hi. Can you also make a review for Hotel Del Luna?

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  26. Check out Watcher! It has Seo Kang Joon (played Baek In Ho in Cheese in the Trap and Nam Shin in Are You Human) πŸ™‚ It’s a really interesting mystery/thriller/action genre, but no romance (might not be your cup of tea because I’ve seen how you usually go for the lighthearted rom-coms and know the ins and outs of what makes a good relationship on screen). I feel that the drama builds a good backstory for the main characters and has so many plot twists that I’m always sitting on the edge of my seat! Hope you can give it a try πŸ˜‰

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    • Hi there, thanks for the suggestion. I will keep it in mind. I do tend to be quicker to check out lighter shows, but some of my favorites have been serious melodramas, some featuring little to no romance, so I wouldn’t say that I’m only about the romance. πŸ˜‰

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