KDrama: 5 Reasons to Anticipate My Sassy Girl (2017)

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Okay, at first I wasn’t too excited from this 2017 My Sassy Girl remake, but then I heard some things (particularly this list of 5) that’s making me all pumped for this to air. It’s coming out in a few days on May 29th btw.

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Reason #1 is obvious, three words: Moon Joo Won. If you don’t know, check out Bridal Mask, 7th Grade Civil Servant, Good Doctor. In my personal opinion though, just the thought of seeing his perfect face on my laptop screen is enough reason to want to watch this. However, I can say with confidence that this guy is not only a pretty face, he proved himself good with his deeper works (Bridal Mask, again).

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Reason #2 is also quite obvious: Oh Yeon Seo. I first saw her acting in Come Back Mister and no other words can describe her other than, she is da bomb. This chick is uber hilarious, like I’m tripping. She is also super beautiful and she fits the word sassy to the freaking T, so yass yass yassss.

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This remake is not just any old remake, it’s a remake where they’re changing the time period~ ooh plot twist. The original movie was set in the modern times, but this time around we get to see the romcom unfold in the Josoen Dynasty. So what does this mean? Only prettier costumes, more scenic sets, and ofc the addition of palace drama dundundun

The fact that the main girl is suppose to be all sassy and forward, makes her all the more a sore thumb sticking out in the conservative time period, I just cannot wait to see the Joseon pple’s face ^_^

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The teaser that came out like 10 days ago got me all excited. I already see hints of the perfect mix of humor, romance, action, suspense, and feeeels.

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Moon Joo Won with spectacles? I approve the look
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Well, she looks like she’s havin’ fun

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This is the heart-moving synopsis I found online for My Sassy Girl:

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You see those last few words that I highlighted above? Yea, can’t fcking wait to see that happen.

My impression on this Kdrama- it’s going to be a complete and utter riot. I’m still stuck in my little Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms world, so it’s been real hard watching anything new, let alone finishing any dramas. Hopefully, My Sassy Girl is the answer to this drama death valley I’ve been stuck in for the past month.

Some additional visuals~

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CDrama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

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I finished Goblin about a month ago and was just starting to get over my withdrawal symptoms for that drama. I was still on the lookout for something to top that drama, because that show has drawn the drama bar so high up a simple series cannot satisfy my drama cravings. I was using Strong Woman Do Bong Soon to temporarily stop those cravings, which I admit did a pretty good job.

Then, my friend reminded me to watch Ten Miles of Peach Blossom yet again– she has been telling me that I should give it a try since the day the drama started airing (which was like somewhere in January 2017 I think). TMOPB is a Chinese fantasy period drama with a whopping 58 episodes. Fantasy dramas are my thing, but I was turned off by the idea of it being a period drama because I just don’t feel those. They have too much cruel palace drama and politics for me to give a fck about, especially if they are going to draw it out for 58 episodes.

A week ago, I finally took up my friend’s drama suggestion because we do have a very similar taste and standard in dramas. Also, news about this drama has been hitting the web like crazay and pple have been raving about it left & right. I thought what’s the harm in giving this drama a go?- it’s not like I have another amazing drama up my sleeve.

But, let me tell you, gurl, the harm that TMOPB has done to me, to my life, to my skyrocketing drama expectations. I finished the entire series in less than a week- that’s right, I devoured all 58 episodes without skipping a single scene in a mere sitting of 6 days. Each episode is about 45 minutes long and I would stay up till 4 am marathoning this (even with work looming the next morning).

In those 6 days I have ugly-cried, laughed, hated, and fell in love- all before the screen of my laptop. After I finished TMOPB, day 7 was just mindless depression- I had no appetite, no interest in my social/work/school life, no concerns over the newly emerged pimples on my face, no fcks for my outfit of the day, the list goes on. With TMOPB over, I felt so empty, like I no longer have anything to look forward to anymore. The only thing on my mind was TMOPB and how perfect the main characters were (I’m mostly looking at you, Yehua) and wonderfully amazing the story was. Before day 7 ended I could no longer hold in my TMOPB feels- I went in for round 2 of marathoning the drama.

When I first watched TMOPB, I had no clue what the drama was going to be about. I didn’t know who the male lead was- heck, I didn’t even which actors were casted for the show. The only things I knew was 1) Yangmi is the female lead, 2) there’s a nine-tailed fox in it (bc I scrolled passed a TMOPB clip on fb), and 3) this drama is long (my preferred drama length is give or take 20 episodes).

I felt like diving into the drama headfirst, without a damn clue on the plot made it a more exciting experience for me. TMOPB was adopted from a novel, which I have not read, but I heard that the producers have stuck closely to the book and have only made the drama even better than the novel. A lot of viewers may have forecasted what would be coming in the next episodes, since they have read the novel. Coming from a perspective that have never heard of the novel, I felt like I experienced a fresher storyline and reacted more to the unexpected major turning events. I had no idea what was going to happen next and that kept me watching till 4 in the morning.

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Now, let me give you a breakdown of the compelling storyline because it’s one of the main factors that made this drama oh so addicting. If you wish to dive into the drama headfirst without a single drop of pretense (like me), skip the following paragraphs in peach blossom pink.

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The magical Khunlun Mountain
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Yehua’s soul with SiYin

The story of 2 immortals, Bai Qian (Fox Tribe’s Queen) and Yehua (Heaven’s Crown Prince), transcends through the period of 3 “lives” in 3 different “worlds”. The drama starts in the first period, where 70,000 year-old Bai Qian goes under the identity of a boy named SiYin to become a disciple of the God of War, Mo Yuan (shifuuuu). This period takes place in Mo Yuan’s “world”, Khunlun Mountain, and Yehua is still yet to be born. Yehua’s soul/life is contained in a golden lotus on Khunlun Mountain till he is ready to be born and his soul falls in love with Bai Qian/SiYin as he quietly watches over her. 

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Yehua seducing SuSu 😀
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We transition into the second period that takes places in the mortal world, where Yehua has been born in the Heaven’s palace and is now 60,000 years old. Meanwhile, 140,000 year-old Bai Qian is thrown into the mortal world, stripped of her memories and immortal powers, during a fight with the story’s main villain. Yehua is sent to the mortal world to capture a evil creature, leading him to meet the “mortal” Bai Qian. Even though Yehua’s memory of loving Bai Qian/SiYin when he was a soul in a golden lotus is gone after he was born, he falls in love with her again. Yehua calls this “mortal” who has no name or memories SuSu. The couple is brought to the Heaven’s palace and the cruel palace hierarchy pushes SuSu/Bai Qian to jump to her death right after she gives birth to Yehua’s baby TT_TT

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Yehua and Bai Qain finally meets again

Finally we enter the third and final period, after SuSu/Bai Qian has jumped to her death, she is returned to the immortal world and her immortal powers & memories are back. However, she chooses to forget her memories of being with Yehua because it was just too painful for her to carry. Yehua mourns for SuSu/Bai Qian for 300 years before they meet again by chance and he recognizes that SuSu is actually Bai Qian right away. Yehua proceeds to make Bai Qian fall in love with him all over again… ❤

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I know the summary is a mouthful, but, believe me, it nevertheless is a captivating and perfect story. The reasons that this drama is beyond others include:

*Yehua never once falls for the lies of the btchs that try to get between him and Bai Qain. He sees through all of their awful plans and this gets rid of a lot of the typical drama misunderstandings.

*Yehua has loved only one woman, Bai Qain, from the moment before he has existed as a soul and will continue to for an eternity. This drama doesn’t have the overused “hate turns to love” relationships.

*The main cast was played by fcking amazing actors/actresses. Their emotions- pain, heartbreak, longing, love, etc. was spilling off the screen by the gallons. I couldn’t help but begin to experience these emotions with the main characters. The main cast had to play multiple roles/lives and they brought each and everyone to life. Mark Chao played Mo Yuan, Yehau, Zhao Ge. Yangmi played Bai Qian, SiYin, SuSu, Xuan Nu (partially), and a taoist priest.

*The ethereal costumes, flowing long hair, and the scenic backdrop was breathtaking to say the least. Yehua looks majestically delicious in his black robes *drools uncontrollably* Even the cast themselves has pointed out how detailed and heavy their costumes were *O*

*The OST is the bomb. It’s all I listen to now- in the morning, commuting to school/work, eating, sleeping, working, in the bathroom, everyday everywhere. They incorporate the flute, guqin, and piano to create a romantic masterpiece that brings me back to the loving and sad moments of TMOPB.

*TMOPB nailed romance like no other drama. The romance and on-screen chemistry felt so real and, to be honest with you guys, I completely melted for Yehua. I’m in love with a fictional character of a fantasy drama -__-

*I cried watching TMOPB and this is saying a lot because I never never ever cry. I don’t cry in real life situations I have experienced and I def do not cry for some fictional drama someone scripted. If I ever did cry, you’re lucky to get a sniffle and a tear drop or two. However, for TMOPB, the tears did not stop. It was to the point that my parents grew a bit concerned when they saw me.

My final verdict is 100 out of 5 stars. TMOP, you have successfully taken my me out of my Goblin depression, but who will heal me from my TMOPB wounds now?

Before you go, please enjoy these beautiful pictures.

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Top 10 Romantic Comedy KDramas

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For those of you that are not yet aware, I’m a closet k-dramaholic.

What’s a closet dramaholic? It’s good that you ask- let me explain. It means that I secretly spend all the time I can on watching kdramas.

I think only 2 or 3 of my closer friends are aware of the fact that I am a kdrama freak… pretty much everyone else, including my family, coworkers, etc., are unaware of how unproductively I am spending my time. I’m not sure if they even know what kdramas are. They probably think I spend my evenings bar-hopping in the village and doing basic-b activities with my basic-b friends on the weekends. In reality, I am most likely just drama-marathoning away on my laptop.

Now that I have explained, let me bring you The Top 10 Romantic Comedy KDramas as a expert closet k-dramaholic. Just to be clear, I am a total fluffy romcom girl. Melos, actions, mysteries, fantasy, thrillers, and slice of life are also fine, just as long as there are some sort of romance and comedy hiding in there. I am not picky when it comes kdramas.

Please keep in mind that these kdramas are listed based on on their air dates. I’m sorry, but it’s just too hard to order them based on my personal preference because I feel like I love them all almost equally.

1. You’re Beautiful (2009)

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You’re Beautiful is a classic and this is also my very first kdrama. This show has the cliche gender switch plot, where the main girl disguises herself as a boy to move into an all-boys situation and the main guy starts doubting his sexuality when he falls for ‘him‘… gurl, you know how these stories always go. This drama also has a reverse-harem theme going on, which is always fun. I guarantee that you enjoy this oldie.

2. Secret Garden (2011)

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Another classic and another gender-bender plot, but there’s a twist to this fantasy drama! The main girl and guy somehow end up switching souls, so the main guy takes over the main girl’s body and vice versa. Get ready to pass out from laughing from their hilarious situations. And, gurl, it’s Hyun Bin, so how can you not??

3. The Greatest Love (2011)

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The leading lady’s popular idol days are of the past and now she is a unwanted extra in the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, the leading man is currently the nation’s hottest actor. What happens when the unlikely pair crosses paths? Bingo- you guessed it! Love will be in the air and, interestingly, love hits the trendy leading man first. I just can’t help but love kdramas where the guy falls for the girl first. This this like the foundation and principal that romcom kdramas are built on. A big plus, Gong Hyo Jin plays the leading lady and she almost never disappoints with her romcom fluff.

4. Queen In Hyun’s Man (2012)

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Queen In Hyun’s Man is one of those hidden gems that, unfortunately, did not get as much hype as it should have. This actually gave me quite a fun ride with their time-travel twist. A man from the Joseon period accidentally discovers a way to travel to the future, where he meets a aspiring actress who has taken up a kdrama role (drama-inception, oooh~) as a queen of the Joseon period. I think the concept of time travel was used beautifully to build up this love story- better than some of the other more popular time-travel dramas that are out there. Wayy better.

5. Haeundae Lovers (2012)

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Let’s be honest- it’s not a kdrama without some goddamn memory loss thrown into the mix. But, don’t worry, this time the drama gods have used memory loss towards a greater good. The main girl is a daughter of a former mob boss and the hot cop that is on to her family’s case looses his memory from an accident during investigation. And it’s not like a baby memory loss- it’s a serious case of memory loss where the guy legit forgets his entire identity and life. The main girl takes in the poor no-memory guy and hilarious romance soon ensues them. This is another low-key amazing drama, and I found this drama especially endearing and warm to the heart ❤

6. Master’s Sun (2013)

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Oh, look what we have here- another Gong Hyo Jin drama. This is one of those rare dramas that combines horror/thriller with romcom and I fcking loved it. Drama gods, please make more of these. It’s all scare-the-shit-outta-me one minute and all cutesy romance the next minute. The main girl can see ghosts, but they seem to disappear when she is in contact with the rich and cold CEO of a large mall. They are always rich and cold, are’t they… but I’m not complaining- throw all the rich, cold, and sexy CEOs you want at me.

7. You Who Came From the Stars (2013)

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It’s the boss lady, Jun Ji Hyun, and when it’s Jun Ji Hyun you better watch it. I don’t think I even need to explain why this drama is on my top 10 list. You all probably watched this already, so I’m gonna save my explanation. The only thing I will say is this- before You Who Came From the Stars, I would have never considered marrying a 400-year-old alien. It’s a entirely different story now.

8. Let’s Eat (2013)

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You like food? Welcome to the club- here we watch beautiful people stuff their mouth’s with mouth-watering food in every single episode. I started this drama as something to pass time as I wait for my other dramas to come out, but I fell in love with the sweet romance, I grew hungry from the delicious food scenes, and I was kept on my toes from the spooky murder case. You heard me- there’s a murder case.

9. Marriage, Not Dating (2014)

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Pretend dating, the cliche we all can’t help but indulge in- I gotchu, gurl. The leading lady and man pretends to be in a romantic relationship to mute their parents’ wishes for them to get married. Aside from the choco. ab-generating laughter, I liked that we get to see the personal development of the main girl. She started the dramas as a desperate girl that no guy wanted, but grew to be confident and independent. At one point, she had like 3 guys pining for her (I’m looking at you, you reverse-harem fans).

10. Shopping King Louie (2016)

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What’s going on with all this baby pink, you ask? It’s fluffy romantic comedy to the max, that’s what the hell this is. This is a more recent drama and, ofc, centers around the memory loss of the main guy. Memory loss in here, memory loss in there, memory loss everywhere~ A country-side girl journeys to Seoul to find her missing brother, but the only guy that seems to have a clue to her brother’s whereabouts losses all of his memories. She takes in him in and helps him regain his memories to get her brother back. Also, the main guy may not remember, but he is a mega-rich third generation chaebol.

Whew, we’re finally at the end of this long list.

I hope that you find this insightful, maybe one of these kdramas have caught your eye. And do please keep this in mind that this is a list of the top pure fluffy romcom dramas. So don’t go wondering why the hell Goblin, DOTS, I Hear Your Voice or Reply 1988 isn’t on this list. I left out the more slice of life, action, deeper meaning, or strictly romance dramas out on purpose. Let’s save that for another day- it’s a date <3~

Last, but not least, let me present to you some of my honorable mentions:

Personal Taste (2010)

Playful Kiss (2010)

Prosecutor Princess (2010)

Witch’s Romance (2014)

Lucky Romance (2016)

Strong Woman Do Bong Soo (2017)

KDrama Review: Goblin- The Lonely and Great God

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I just finished watching Goblin– I know I’m late as hell, this drama finished airing like ages ago. The truth is I deliberately took a break from this drama after episode 14, but not because it got boring or bad. It was actually because I didn’t want it to end.

I was depressed that my Friday & Saturday evenings will no longer be the same. I grew so attached to the characters and story-line that it’s borderline embarrassing to tell people about it; and I felt as though as an important part of me was leaving along with the series. I was dying to find out how the writers ended their story, but I was also simultaneously rejecting the fact that the story is over and that it’s time for me to return to reality.

There has been major hype around this drama even before it started airing, but it is all very much well-deserved. If you can’t already tell, I love this drama to pieces. Like pull up your list of all-time Kdrama faves (Secret Garden, You Who Came From the Stars, You’re Beautiful, Descendants of the Sun, etc.) and cross them all out because Goblin easily beats them to the #1 spot. That’s just how good this drama was.

Since, my review is simple- this is amazing, go watch it!- I am switching gears and turning this into a 5 Reasons Why You Have to Watch Goblin post.

1.The Genre

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A Goblin, a Grim Reaper, a girl who can see ghosts, and deities? Oh fck yasss. I am always intrigued with the fantasy genre because it gives shows a unique and slightly chilling twist. Not only is this a fantasy, it is also interlaced with amazing comedy, romance, and melo. I would also like to point out that this is a tvN drama, so you know it will be at least decent because of their previous hit dramas and willingness to try refreshing new storylines.

2.The Cast

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What makes a show about Goblins and Reapers even better? Ofc, when they are also hot as fck. I am crying over how perfect the drama line-up is TT_TT

Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na, and Kim Go Eun. I don’t think a cast can be more beautiful and talented than this, like this is the best it is ever going to get. I have watched the main casts’ other works and their acting was the seed that brought this storyline to life. You will also notice a few other gems in the supporting cast and cameos, which only adds to the drama’s awesomeness.

3.The Romance, or shall I say the Bromance?

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The bromance that was brewing between Goblin and Reaper was pure fcking gold, I was looking forward to their scenes more than I was for all the other love lines combined. How can 2 adult men that are hundreds of  years old still be so childish? They made me laugh and cry so much during the 16 episodes, that I’m pretty sure the emotional roller coaster ride I’ve been through left me severely damaged.

The chemistry between the 2 other love lines (Goblin and Eun Tak, Reaper and Sunny) is also spilling off the screen, so if you are not interested in the bromance (how can you not be tho), there is the sweet and sad romance between the leads to look forward to. There is none of that love-triangle/square/hexagon bull, just simple OTP romance. The age gap between Goblin, a man that looks to be about 30 years old, and Eun Tak, a high school student, may seem a little awkward at first, but I promise, you will soon get over it with their overpowering chemistry and storyline.

4.The Cinematography

This whole serious was filmed with beautiful camera work. I felt like I was indulging in a high-budget movie instead of a TV drama. The lighting and camera angles gives off that nostalgic, pure, and romantic feel. The graphics for the more magical sci-fi scenes were incorporated realistically. The locations they filmed at were stunning, think like buckwheat fields at night, the ocean on a stormy day, and the French-influenced Quebec, Canada.

 5.The OST

The entire OST, yes all damn 14 parts, was pure angel bells to the ears. The vocals (just to throw some names out there- Chanyoel EXO, Eddie Kim, Sam Kim, Roy Kim, Soyou Sistar, Ailee, Mamamoo, and so on) and the tunes threw scenes of the drama to the next fcking level. This OST has been topping several music charts for some time and this is really what finished the packaging to this amazing Kdrama. The OST is actually on my phone right now and it’s what I listen to as I reminisce about the series on my commute to school and work.

I give this drama a 10 out of 10. This drama is not just all fanatical creatures and sad romance. It also explored the deeper meaning behind life and death, and the speculated space and time between the two. It makes you see how fragile yet determined a life really is, and how beautiful life is despite the bad, evil and unfortunate. It also restores your belief that there just might be miracles in this world and that we are being protected by a supernatural beyond us all.

No matter if others may see the bad and the good that is done, it will be rewarded and punished accordingly when the appropriate time comes. It made me see that there is an order in this world and that there is a important fate in every being. It makes me rethink my actions and my surroundings. I am not a superstitious or religious person, like at all, but for me to develop perspectives like these from a drama, this goes to show how much impact and change Goblin has made on me.

Now that I’ve exposed my deep feelings for Goblin, tell me all about yours- did you enjoy this Kdrama as much as I did? and, if you haven’t watched it yet, well why the hell not?!

KDrama Review: Birth of a Beauty

It’s really easy for me to start a drama, but it’s an entirely different story for me to finish a drama (especially if it starts dragging, which most dramas like doing after the half-way point). Each time I finish a series, I feel a sense of accomplishment. After-all, I did invest 16 to 20 hours of my precious time and feels into it. On the other hand, I also feel a tiny bit of sadness and regret to have finished a series because after the 16 to 20 hours I have spent with it, I get emotionally attached to the characters. However, I have heard that I am not the only one that gets emotionally attached to dramas, so that means I’m not completely cray cray. In conclusion, dramas play a very bittersweet role in my life, but nonetheless, I appreciate it for helping me pass the little free time that I have.

Now, on to more important matters at hand, my most recent accomplishment:

Birth of a Beauty

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Let’s start off with a brief synopsis:

Overweight, kind-hearted Sa Geum Ran married into a well-to-do family, but her husband Lee Kang Joon has spent the past seven years in the United States for his business, while Geum Ran has lived with her evil mother- and sister-in-laws. Geum Ran learns that Kang Joon has returned home and, not only has he been having a secret affair, he wants a divorce. Devastated, she drives off and gets into a car accident. Everyone thinks that she is dead, when in fact she has survived. After secret plastic surgery and weight-loss, the now beautiful Geum Ran is ready to ruin her ex-husband and his mistress with her new identity.

The cast was on point, the ost was great, and the storyline was off the wall. I watched this drama as it aired weekly, but I dropped it momentarily (for like 2 weeks) due to the following reasons:

– Episodes 17 to 19 was where this drama started dragging. I think this drama was initially intended to be just 18 episodes, but some Kdrama masters decided that it would be a nice idea to extend it to 21 episodes. And the writers thought these 3 extra episodes was to be used to piss off the viewers because that’s exactly what it did.

– Finals week

– Work

– And finals week

I was still able to finish the series around a week after their final episode aired. I picked up this drama again mainly for the reason being that I really enjoy the chemistry and sweet interactions between the main couple, Joo Sang Wook and Han Ye Seul. They made a kick-ass team in terms of working together to get their revenge on the bad guys. I was also anticipating when the drama villains fail their evil plans (and there was quite a few of them that needed a taste of their own medicine).

To top it all off, I really didn’t mind seeing Joo Sang Wook’s handsome face on my screen (hehe ❤ ).

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Throughout the drama, female lead Han Ye Seul donned some cute ass outfits, except for that red sequin dress she wore to an event in episode 14. For such a significant event, I would have expected the stylist to give her a prettier dress. I normally don’t fashion patrol, but the sequins, the collar (ALSO SEQUINED), the belt, and the fit was altogether just too much for my weak soul.

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Besides that one dress, I adored everything else that she wore and, even though some outfits may have been on the strange side, she pulled it off completely. I also loved the cute little purses/clutches she accessorized with; and look at her killer heels- like, damn gurl, you rocked them cuz I would have fell on my face after one step.capture

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And like all classic romcom dramas, the ending was a nice, happy, well-round one.Overall, I would definitely recommend this drama and I give it a 8/10. It made me laugh at the hilarity of the situations that came up and the plot is definitely an interesting one. Let me know what you thought of this one! 🙂