I’ve been wanting to watch more Japanese doramas as I usually watch at least 5 doramas a year, but this year I’ve only watched 3. So Marry Me! (2020) caught my eye. The dorama starts airing October 3, 2020 and features Kumada Rinka as the female lead and Seto Toshiki (Anata no Ban Desu). Hoping for a sweet romantic comedy and that it will be English subbed.
Synopsis: The story follows 28-year-old civil servant Akiyasu Shin as he’s chosen to take part in a new government program under the so-called “NEET protection law”. This project pairs government employees with NEETs, as a means to rehabilitate them and re-introduce them into society. Problem is, his chosen partner, Sawamoto Himari, was signed up without her knowledge! Will Akiyasu Shin end up winning her over? Or will this arranged marriage be a bust!? (Source: MangaDex) ~~ Based on webcomic “Marry Me!” by Miku Yuki.
Roy Leh Marnya stars Pope Tanawat and Bella Ranee as the leads in this lakorn. The pair starred together in the hit show Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat and became a fan favorite koojin couple as a result. This lakorn airs on October 5, 2020 on Channel 3 on Monday and Tuesday. This is going to be subbed by Muse.
Roy Leh Marnya (2019) synopsis: Pitcha a girl whose personality is confident, modern, and outgoing, moreover, she is the CEO of an organizing company. However, she was really unlucky because her husband was really playboy and throughout her life, she waited for the time that her bad husband turns to a good and loyal husband. When she finally realized that her husband will never change, she decides that she doesn’t want to be together with the men with no loyalty and gets pursues a divorce. Ramin is a smart lawyer who is helping Pitcha divorce her bad husband.
While Ramin is helping Pitcha, he falls in love with her and finds out that Pitcha was his childhood best friend. Even though Ramin loves Pitcha, Ramin motto for love was not achieving instead it was giving. As Pitcha faces many difficulties throughout her married life, she is really scared to start her new life with love. So will Ramin and Pitcha get happy marriage life at the end? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)
The lakorn seems full of drama, Pope and Bella work magic together, and look so comfortable together. This drama was originally supposed to air in 2019, but COVID19 happened and we kept getting delays, well, at least we’re finally getting it.
I’ve been trying to kickstart my rewatch campaign, but it’s been slow going as there’s so much new stuff out there! Plus, when I’ve looked back at my pile of dramas put on hold/dropped, I realized it may not be as easy to pick up where I left off. And series? Forget about it. Some tips and thoughts about dropping dramas and what dramas I dropped in 2020 (hint, hint, there were a lot of them!)
There have been some recent articles on dropping dramas, like this very nice article here I could totally relate to. I found I paused and/or dropped dramas a lot depending upon a variety of factors including time, mood, what’s going on in the drama and so on. Here’s some questions to ask yourself if you’re not sure you want to drop and drama or not.
To Drop/Put on Hold a Drama or Not?
Are you ever planning on finishing the drama?
Will you regret not finishing it?
Are you at a place in the drama where you can easily resume it and still know what’s going on?
If the drama’s plot is getting you down, like there’s a case of noble idiocy you can’t stand or a big misunderstanding, what about just watching 1 or 2 more episodes and then that plot point should be over.
If you answer yes or maybe to any of these questions, I would look at the amount of episodes left and see if I can just watch a couple more episodes if that would help me pick it up later more easily and/or get me past a part in the drama I don’t like, or find boring or stupid.
2020 Dropped Dramas
The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) – was a drama I was sooo looking forwards to. I love the main leads, Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun and wanted to see them together. I watched 2 episodes and it was all rather boring and predictable. I was not impressed by the slow pacing of the plot, which barely started to move in episode 2. And the romantic chemistry between the two leads – ugh, no. Just no.
Why you might like it anyway? If you’re a big fan of the main leads, or you’re craving more dramas about parallel universes, fantasy and mystery, the production values are great here. If you’re craving epic romance, eh not here.
Tawan Arb Dao 2020 – I watched 3 episodes of this lakorn out of 18. I don’t think it’s bad, but it is rather mediocre in most areas. I liked the plot, the premise, however Kem Hussawee as the male pra’ek just came off as too young and not experienced enough to pull off the gravitas needed in the role. I mean, his brother is dead and he’s pretending to be him as he investigates his death! That’s… a whole lot of emotion there. You really need a seasoned actor who can make this role his own.
Why you might like it anyway? Hmm, that’s hard to say, if you’re looking for a revenge lakorn about twins, well this is the only one that came out this year, 😂. No seriously, I think if you watched it, you might watch the whole lakorn to find out who the main villain(s) were.
Dance of the Phoenix (2020) – This Chinese drama had a favorite actor Xu Kai Cheng in it, and a forced marriage, so it was catnip to me!!! Until I watched the first episode and saw the lead girl using a disguise which made her uglier (and that involved having darker skin.) At that point, I said, sJ*i4npi& or something like that and moved on to other dramas, and there are a ton of them out there!
Why you might like it anyway? It definitely has colorism in it, so if you’re fine with that, then I don’t know what to say. The idea that having darker skin makes you ugly is such a no starter for me. Plus, there are tons of other Chinese dramas out there that have come out with similar plots that it makes no sense to me why anyone would still want to watch this. No point wasting time on a drama with colorism in it when you could be watching The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and tons of other Chinese dramas set in historical times with marriage in them likeMarry Me (2020), Fake Princess (2020), The Sleepless Princess (2020), and Oh! My Sweet Liar! (2020).
Chinese drama Together (2020) is a modern drama based on real stories about COVID19. It stars film actress Ni Ni (Love and Destiny), and Lei Jia Yin, Zhang Jing Chu, Yang Yang, Angel Zhao, Johnny Huang and many other stars in what looks to be an episodic drama with multiple stories to tell. It airs September 27, 3 days a week on various channels, hopefully it will be English subbed.
Synopsis: A drama about the fight against COVID-19. ~~ Based on real people and stories during the fight against the new coronavirus epidemic in mainland China.
Together (2020) isn’t the first drama based on COVID19, another Chinese drama, Heroes In Harm’s Way, just aired September 17, 2020, and it certainly won’t be the last COVID19 drama. And this is from China, so I wonder what part censorship will play in the drama.
I’m a little torn about whether I want to watch it, is it too early? What do u all think? We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, and the airwaves here in the USA at least are still jam packed with COVID19 news. I don’t know, this might be a drama that goes on my plan to watch list, somewhere in the future, years from now, when I want to look back and remember how it was.
Well, this drama looks to be full of quirky goodness! Fantasy drama The School Nurse Files (2020) is all about strange creatures and mysterious events. It stars Jung Yoo Mi (Live (2018)) and Nam Joo Hyuk (The Light in Your Eyes (2019)) as teachers who work together to protect a school. This is a Netflix Korean drama and airs September 25, 2020 and it should be English subbed.
Synopsis: An Eun Young is a new nurse teacher at school. She has a special ability to see jelly like monsters that are made from residue of human desire and she can also eradicate these jellies. She uses a toy knife and a BB gun to take out the jellies. She senses that a mysterious event takes place at her school. Hong In Pyo is a Chinese language teacher at the same school. Hong In Pyo has a special energy. In order to protect the students, An Eun Young and Hong In Pyo work together to eradicate these jellies. (Source: AsianWiki)
The director is Lee Kyung Mi (The Truth Beneath) who is paired with a newbie screenwriter Chung Se Rang who is an award winning writer who wrote the book this is based on. This drama only airs once a week on Friday and has only six episodes, so it looks like a good candidate for a marathon watch after it concludes.
Well, I was busy watching dramas and finishing them last week, so now I’m looking for what to watch next. I just finished Mia Archeep, The Romance of Tiger and Rose and Missing Persons (all were pretty great!) and now what? I’m still slow watching some dramas, but nothing I feel that compelled to watch. Time to catch up on what’s being subbed now in the subbing community. Maybe I’ll just try to finish more dramas this month, but regardless, I see a number of subbers are going back and subbing older lakorns, which, Yeah! I like that.
Thippy picked up two currently airing lakorns, revenge lakorn Fah Mee Tawan (2020) and horror lakorn Ngao Boon and is continuing to sub an older lakorn from before,Prao (2014) or Proud in English.
Fah Mee Tawan (2020) – Paul hates Net, the woman who harmed and took the position of his mother, kicked her out of the house causing her to die in pain. 20 years later, Paul returns and finds Net owns the jewelry company owned by him. In revenge, Paul deliberately seduces Net. But Paul falls in love with Naen, the girl Net raised at the suggestion of Paul’s father, although she doesn’t love Naen. Singkorn is Net’s lover, but he has plans for Naen. Singkorn has known Naen for many years and has never given up on his intentions to Naen, which makes Naen feel very awkward. (Source: Lakorn World @ WordPress)
Ngao Boon – Sita lost her father and must face the bad people that intend to steal her inheritance. The good thing she has her boyfriend Worachon as her moral support. Besides the bad people, she must also face her parents who became pretas (hungry ghosts) who received their karma with torture. The only way they can be free is for Sita to release all 12 types of pretas. How will Sita find a solution? And will forgiveness be the answer to their freedom or not? (Source:ohsweetHaven)
Neko also picked up a currently airing drama, Kwam Song Jum See Jang (2020), but is also continuing to sub an older lakorn, Baan Sila Dang (2015) which is notable as one of the few twin lakorns that actually feature twin actresses!
Kwam Song Jum See Jang (2020) – Pang is an ordinary girl who fights for justice, kind-hearted, and fights the obstacles that life brings her. Pang has an older brother that she loves dearly, but was separated since she was a child. It’s been over a decade since Pang’s older brother disappeared from her life. She has prayed throughout the years that she will be able to see him again. On the other hand, Phu is a stern and serious person with a career, family, status but with just one exception; no memory of his childhood. One day, Pang meets Phu at a company she starts working at thinking that her co-worker is a good and warm-hearted person. She confesses to him that her first impression of him was that she thought he was her older brother, but puts it aside. In the end, she discovers that he’s her older brother. What will happen to these siblings? (Source: Thairath)
Muse is currently English subbing just one lakorn right now, Duay Rang Atitharn (2018), after finishing a slew of currently airing lakorns, including Leh Game Rak (2020), Mia Archeep (2020) and Peek Hong (2020). Hats off to this team. They also will begin subbing a number of lakorns airing later in September and early next month such as Roy Leh Marnya (2020).
Duay Rang Atitharn (2018) – Worada is a naive and weak young woman. She’s the daughter of a rich man and his unlawful wife, even though her mother was the first wife. Her father has a married wife (legal one) and has another daughter who is younger than Worada. Worada’s step-mother and half-sister hate her. Her half-sister hates her mostly also because she loves Krit, Worada’s lover.
One day, Krit tells Worada that he wants to see her at night. That night she was waiting for Krit and was hit on the head without knowing who did it. When she wakes up, she finds herself inside the underground shelter (that she and Krit accidently discovered and kept it as a secret). She thinks that Krit wanted to kill her. Inside the shelter, she is hungry, cold and tired. Before she dies, she makes a strong vow that if she is born again, she will be a much stronger person and seek revenge against the people who hurt her. Then she dies.
Worada was born again as Nattamon. Nattamon is a girl who has a supernatural power. She is a very strong girl, but always has nightmares. When she grows up, she finds out why she was reborn and starts to seek revenge. When she meets Krit again (he is in his 40’s while Nattamon is in her 20’s), she thinks that he is the person who tried to kill her. Meanwhile, Krit has been single ever since Worada died and is happy to see the woman he always loved came back. (Source: AsianFuse Wiki)
Roy Leh Marnya (2020) – Pitcha a girl whose personality is confident, modern, and outgoing, moreover, she is the CEO of an organizing company. However, she was really unlucky because her husband was really playboy and throughout her life, she waited for the time that her bad husband turns to a good and loyal husband. When she finally realized that her husband will never change, she decides that she doesn’t want to be together with the men with no loyalty and gets pursues a divorce.
Ramin is a smart lawyer who is helping Pitcha divorce her bad husband. While Ramin is helping Pitcha, he falls in love with her and finds out that Pitcha was his childhood best friend. Even though Ramin loves Pitcha, Ramin motto for love was not achieving instead it was giving. As Pitcha faces many difficulties throughout her married life, she is really scared to start her new life with love. So will Ramin and Pitcha get happy marriage life at the end? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)
I’m still watching Stranger 2 (2020), but the plot is so riddled with legal terms and maneuvers that honestly I know I’m missing a lot of the nuances of what’s happening. This is one drama that you have to rewatch to gain a full understanding of. I might still continue watching Prom Pissawat, and So Wayree, but I’m not sure I have anything more to say about either drama.
I have written about lakorn posters before, comparing them to Korean posters here, but I wanted to do a separate post on lakorn posters as there have been a number of them that have stood out to me in the recent years. Join me for some poster lovin’. 😊
I really love the fresh, simplistic look of this poster, the colors really complement each other and the blue pops. This makes me want to watch it, I’m thinking it will be a cute, light hearted (but sweet) romantic comedy from this poster. It’s not out yet, so we’ll have to keep waiting for it to air.
The direct look at the camera, the possessive hand across the chest, this poster really does convey a lot about the plot. If you’re thinking possessive ghost out to get/terrorize the hero, you’re right. Look at the muted colors in this, and the fog surrounding them. I watched part of Klin Kasalong, a couple of episodes, but couldn’t stand Yaya or her voice as the sweet twin and had to bail. Nails on chalkboard aversion! Ugh!
This was another lakorn where the poster caught my eye first. I loved the roses, which are a big part of the lakorn by the way (and the name of the nang’ek.) I also really loved the confident, assertive pose of the nang’ek, and it made me think the lakorn would have an equally strong, confident heroine, which was pretty accurate. A good lakorn all around, my one quibble with the poster is that poor James gets less attention and should probably be looking at the nang’ek, like he did all throughout the lakorn! 😍
Loved the poses, Mew’s character of Muey really shines here, you see her love for Thien (played by Mark Prin) and her cheerful nature. I watched 4 episodes and felt the lakorn was all over the place in turns of plot, and the poster also reflected a big problem about the lakorn, Thien’s lack of love for Muey, until many episodes later. I like the unrequited love story at times, but not this time.
I haven’t even watched this lakorn, but that red and blue background? Come on! I had to include this lakorn just for that contrast. In reality, if you anything about the plot, the poster doesn’t really make sense. In the lakorn, it is the guy who has secretly loved the girl for a long time, while she just sees him as her best friend. But maybe it’s trying to show the girl being very comfortable with him and he holding her away stiffly and looking away to hide his feelings? That… might be a reach, lol. Anyway, I really love the font they used here as well, in fact in all of these posters.
I actually watched this drama, and the poster was one of the reasons why I wanted to watch it. I was intrigued by the dark setting and the arrangements of the characters in an almost half circle. Most seemed to be focused on someone, who was focused on someone else and that caught my notice too. I thought this was a good short drama.
Another historical Chinese drama has caught my eye, Oh! My Sweet Liar! (2020)which stars Xia Ning Jun (Love Under the Moon) as Li Hong Bin and Xi Zi (Blowing in the Wind (2019)) in her first main role. Oh! My Sweet Liar! (2020)looks to be a comic romantic story about a girl with a fake marriage and pregnancy. This Youku TV drama will probably be English subbed and airs on September 16, 2020.
Synopsis: Xiong Xi Ruo is a young female painter who infiltrates the family home of the powerful Li family to paint a copy of a precious item. However, her escape from the Li home goes horribly wrong and she finds her fate at the mercy of Li family heir Li Hong Bin. On the verge of arrest, Li Hong Bin and Xiong Xi Ruo hatch a lie – they pretend that she is pregnant with his child. This arrangement suits Li Hong Bin fine, as a marriage with Xiong Xi Ruo will help him escape an arranged marriage with the daughter of the Song family – a union he is particularly keen to avoid.
The Li family grants its consent for Li Hong Bin and Xiong Xi Ruo to get married, but it is not long before some relatives – and the plotting Song family – begin to suspect that the pregnancy is a fake. Meanwhile, as Li Hong Bin and Xiong Xi Ruo spend more time in each other’s company, they begin to develop a growing fondness for one another. Could love bloom between the pair? And can they survive – or even thwart – the schemes at court? (Source: Viki) ~~ Adapted from the novel Wangfei Bukaopu written by author Wan Xia
The director is Cheng Ming Ko (Refresh Man), and the trailer looks like fun. Is it just me or is there a ton of these Chinese faux historical dramas out there, where the emphasis is more on comedy and hi-jinks then historical accuracy? Well, I’m ready to see if this tickles my funny bone, but honestly don’t think it can outdo The Romance of Tiger and Rose which was hilarious as well as very romantic.
Fah Mee Tawan (2020) began September 14, 2020 on Channel 7. The lakorn seems to be a revenge lakorn, with the pra’ek being angry at the wrong person, 😂, as usual. It stars a pretty unknown couple who are both in their early 20s, Donut Phattharapon (Plerng Sanaeha) and Prapye Ramida (Suay Sorn Kom) This one is on Thippy’s English subbing list so yeah!
Synopsis: Paul hates Net, the woman who harmed and took the position of his mother, kicked her out of the house causing her to die in pain. 20 years later, Paul returned and found Net owns the jewelry company owned by him. In revenge, Paul deliberately seduced Net. But Paul falls in love with Naen, the girl Net raised at the suggestion of Paul’s father, though she doesn’t love Naen. Singkorn, Net’s lover, but he has plans for Naen. Singkorn has known Naen for many years and has never given up on his intentions to Naen, which makes Naen feel very awkward. (Source: Lakorn World @ WordPress) (Source: MyDramaList)
The couple looks good together and apparently this is based on a 2007 lakorn called Fah Mee Tawan Hua Jai Chun Me Ter (2007). I will definitely be checking this one out.
The lakorn, The Gifted: Graduation (2020), started September 6, 2020, but I thought I’ll bring it up anyway as only one episode has aired so far. This is a sequel of the acclaimed 2018 hit, The Gifted. This should be 13 episodes, 55 mins each and it airs on Sunday. I’m sure this will be English subbed on GMM’s youtube channel just like the first lakorn was.
Synopsis: Two years have passed and the new school year begins again. With it comes the resurrection of the Gifted program, and a hidden threat from the Ministry led by Darin, a new teacher. Time, a promising new student and member of the newest gifted generation, seek change within the school while upholding its hierarchical structure. Filled with danger and more complications than it seems, what will the final battle be like? Who will be victorious? Will Pang and his companions be able to maintain their friendship and ideals? Can they defeat Director Supot?
It looks like the director, Waasuthep Ketpetch, and most actors have returned in this sequel which is again about a group of students who have special powers. I’ve had the first lakorn on my plan to watch list for a while, and with this airing only once a week, it might be a good time to catch up on this lakorn.