I’m still trying to figure out how this corner’s going to work… I like the four-to-a-post groupings, so I know I want to keep that – I used to write up book reviews that practically doubled as essays because I tend to be quite rambly in my posts, but then somewhere along the way I think I started to almost set that length as an expectation for myself and lost steam as well as the motivation to write those posts. Then I was also thinking of including a little “next up” part at the end, but I’m more of a mood watcher? I’ll often find a Japanese drama if I want something I can watch in the background while I do something else; I’ll put on a Chinese drama if my multitasking requires a little less thought; I’ll watch a Korean drama if I know I’ll be able to sit down and read the subtitles. But anyhow. Post number two: incoming!^^
I didn’t notice until I was setting this post up, but I’ve been watching a lot of Park Shin Hye dramas lately! I actually didn’t really like this one at the beginning. The first two or three episodes take place when the characters are still in high school, and I found everything to be really frustrating and petty, so I almost stopped, but then the show time-skipped to when they’ve all grown up and graduated, and I found that things really picked up from there. I like how slow and easy the romance was, without entire episodes dedicated to relationship drama and revenge. It felt a lot more real that way. There’s a lot of intrigues that kept up interest and, though it seemed to end a little too simple at times, and though it was a little ridiculous to see that much makeup and flashy jewelry and all those sky-high heels worn by doctors in a medical center, I think the drama as a whole was really fun to watch. I liked how Yoo Hye Jung’s character was done: how she could be both caring and strong and ambitious and considerate at the same time. The supporting characters were also really enjoyable to follow; my favorites were Jung Yoon Do and Kim Soo Chul – Moon Ji In’s character was also super cute^^ The only character I didn’t really like was Lee Sung Kyung’s character, which is a shame because I really like her as an actress. I don’t like how long they dragged her character’s arc for, only to have it end so simply and abruptly, as well as how simpering, powerless, and incapable they made her. (What kind of a doctor will wear that much metal to a scanning machine, though? Seriously.)
歡樂頌・Ode to Joy
Shit, I related way too much to way too many scenes in this one. I tend to be wary of longer dramas because I find that the plot tends to drag a lot in the middle, and then again toward the end, but I didn’t have this problem with 歡樂頌! It’s easy to watch, and the plot flows smoothly. The chemistry between the characters was really well crafted and executed, too. Guan Ju Er resonated with me the most; An Di deserves nothing but goodness and fluff and I wish I could pluck her out of her story and set her in some fluffy slice-of-life show where everything is happy and wonderful always; Fan Sheng Mei’s scenes were always the most interesting for me, and I found myself rooting for her the whole way through; Qu Xiao Xiao annoyed me during the first half of the drama, but got better in the last part; I never quite got to the same point with Qiu Ying Ying, whose character grated me the wrong way throughout the entire thing, though it had nothing to do with the way she was written, but rather the fact that I was never really good with her type of character in real life either, and I can appreciate the presence of someone like that and her part in the show; Zhao Qi Ping had a couple cringey scenes, and to be honest I’d probably hate him if he was played by any other actor, but he’s played by Wang Kai, so I am Very Confused; Wei Wei drew a resounding “NO” from me and we’ll just leave it at that; I actually found Bao Yi Fan pretty interesting, and I hope to see more of him in the second season; Tan Zong Ming! Is! The! Real! MVP! In short: this drama didn’t come without its problems, but I really really enjoyed it just the same! I think I marathoned the entire thing in two days? And I’m still way too emotionally invested in it. I can’t wait for season two!
넌 내게 반했어・Heartstrings
I started this because I’d seen You’re Beautiful and shipped Park Shin-Hye’s character with Jung Yong-Hwa’s. When that fell through, I found out that the two’s characters got together in Heartstrings, and so here we are^^ I thought this was pretty good? It’s really light, a little cheesy, cliche, but easy and fun to watch. The cast fits together nicely – I really enjoyed watching the scenes with Kim Suk Hyun and Jung Yun Soo. And Han Hee Joo! I wasn’t a huge fan of her at the beginning, but as her character arc progressed, she was bumbling and cowardly and awkward, but the progress she makes later in the drama really redeemed her character for me. Plus the CNBLUE songs were really nice! Jung Yong Hwa has such a nice voice ;__; TL;DR: the official plot sums everything up nicely, and there’s really nothing much else to say, really; it wasn’t amazing, nor was it terrible. It was an okay drama.
盗墓笔记・The Lost Tomb
It’s a little hard to write a reaction to 盗墓笔记 because it’s so short – I didn’t know until after I’d finished all twelve episodes that the whole thing was actually designed as an eight-season show, with only the first season aired as of right now. Because it’s planned to pan for so long, a lot of the first season is just set-up, and there are a lot more questions than there are answers. I will say that I found the excavation scenes and explanations really interesting, though, and I liked where the first half of the season was going! The whole thing kind of came to a lull toward the last few episodes after they came out of the tombs, though, and the graphics were pretty disappointing. I wasn’t disappointed to the extent of quitting mid-season, but it did make me reconsider watching season two, which I haven’t started yet. Some parts are super fascinating, and I do like the actors, but there’s just so many meh parts of the drama, and so many other interesting shows I’ve yet to watch… Hm…