Just a quick list of stuff I’ve caught (partially or in full), or am watching:
- Oh Hae-young Again (ongoing)
Lots of heart, great atmosphere, nice twists, wonderfully weird supporting characters. As long as the second leads don’t go all vengeful, it should be still fun.
- Mirror of the Witch (ongoing)
I hear it’s got great mood, visuals and story, so I’m reading the recaps at Dramabeans.
- Beautiful Gong Shim (ongoing)
Namgoong Min not a psychopath of sorts? A bit hard to swallow, but he seems to have some chemistry going with Minah, so here’s keeping fingers crossed. Sporadic watches, with recaps at the mothership.
- My Amazing Boyfriend (run ended)
Zany Chinese drama. They usually start off cute, sag in the middle, and the ending is meh. Haven’t finished watching/reading it yet, but will probably just zoom in on the fun bits (cos 28 episodes). Check out some new recap blogs I found: Cyn Lynn, Dawn’s Life and Setting Free.
- Ms Temper and Nam Jung Gi (run ended)
It’s a workplace drama with a lot of heart of what one needs to do to survive in the cutthroat world of today. Review of first eps on Ninja Reflections here.
- Marriage Contract (run ended)
All heart, no brain. Still, I teared.
- The Imperial Doctress
Supposedly the Chinese version of Jewel in the Palace, this one falls short on many counts. I like Liu Shishi, but this seems like a mishmash of Sound of the Desert and Legend of Zhen Huan, with changes to dynasty, jobs and names.
Strongwilled and smart female lead trying to overcome prejudices of the era – check.
Powerful men in love with her – check.
Obsessed foreign suitor – check.
Scheming women in the palace – check.
Last woman standing – check.
A gazillion episodes – check.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much chemistry or skinship, so screw it, not gonna brave the gatrafrillion episodes. I did skim some of the earlier episodes though. Also spoiler for the last episode: pffft. I don’t really care by this point.
Not going into these:
- Lucky Romance
Seems too trite and tropy. Might give up reading too.
Premise sounds lame. What’s-his-name is still a bit off these days, and not interested in the baby (Yeo) Jin-gu.
- Dear My Friends
It sounds like a wonderfully rich premise, having all the old-timers tell their stories. Sure to have lots of life lessons. But possibly too much on the feels for me at this point in time.
50 episodes. Nuff said.
- Vampire Detective
Does the vampire know he’s one? Apparently that’s a common grouse at quite a few sites.
- Flower in Prison
I like period dramas, but I doubt there’ll be making out. And that is a priority at this moment in time when I am getting NONE irl.
Love Ji Sung. But the pairing is weird. Apparently story-wise things are going south too.
What are you watching?