There was a Korean adaptation (Clean With Passion For Now (2018)) of the same webtoon this drama is based on, so I wonder if it’ll follow the kdrama or webtoon? The drama should air May 9, 2021, and is a Mango Tv production, should have 24 episodes, and English subbed episodes will be on Netflix USA.
Synopsis: Because of his incomplete family, Gu Ren Qi has a closed up personality and mysophobia. Shuang Jiao used to have a happy family, but later lost her mother in a car accident, and became a slovenly person. The two became acquainted when Shuang Jiao becomes an employee in Gu Ren Qi’s cleaning company. The two became closer as they get to know each other. Under each other’s influence, they began to heal from their wounds. (Source: DramaWiki)
Hmm, hate to love, celebrity, reality tv show, cohabitation. Okay, this sounds right up my alley. I’ve been searching for a good Korean romantic comedy, tried Oh My Ladylord, True Beauty and more but just couldn’t get past the first couple of episodes or so. So I Married an Anti-Fan (2021) is based on a webtoon and stars Choi Soo Young (Run On), and Choi Tae Joon (Missing 9). This romantic comedy airs on various channels starting on April 30, 2021, and should be English subbed on Viki, Amazon Prime and elsewhere.
Synopsis: Hoo Joon is a top star while Geun Young is a magazine reporter. For a potential news article, Geun Young decides to attend an opening ceremony for a club. There, she witnesses top star Hoo Joon’s violent behavior and she also vomits on him by accident. This leads to Geun Young losing her job. Believing that Hoo Joon was behind her firing, she decides to get him back by demonstrating in front of Hoo Joons management office. Slowly, she begins to receive media coverage on her demonstration and soon becomes famous as an anti-fan. A PD approaches Geun Young about participating in a reality TV show which revolves around the idea of a top star and their anti-fan living together. Being unemployed, she decides to accept the offer. Meanwhile, Hoo Joon is offered the same reality TV show and accepts to try to improve his image. Hoo Joon and Geun Young try to give each other a hard time on the reality show, but soon start to fall for one another. (Source: MyDramaList) ~~Adapted from the Korean novel of the same name, which was made into a webtoon.
There really seems to be only one drama debuting this week with an interesting poster and so I’m introducing you to kdrama Sweet Home (2020). It stars Song Kang (Love Alarm (2019)) as a loner who moves into a mysterious apartment building where a monster (gulp) lives. This horror drama also stars some other well known actors such as Lee Jin Wook, Lee Shi Young, Lee Do Hyun, Go Min Shi, and Park Gyu Young. I wonder if this will have sequels because it only has 10 episodes. This will be English subbed on Netflix USA and airs on December 18, 2020.
Synopsis: Hyun Soo, a loner high school student who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, moves to an old apartment complex called Green Home. Driven by despair, he gradually realizes the secret of the Green home. The fact that a monster trying to drive humanity out of various forms of distorted human desires surrounds the Green home, including himself, and that the residents of Green Homes are trapped in them. (Source: MyDramaList) ~~Adapted from a webtoon of the same name by Kim Kan Bi and Hwang Young Chan.
Not a big fan of love triangles, but this kdrama has an intriguing premise about a girl becoming a beauty overnight. True Beauty (2020) is based on a webtoon and stars Moon Ga Young (Find Me in Your Memory), Cha Eun Woo (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung) and Hwang In Yeob (18 Again). This romantic comedy airs on tvN on Dec 9, and should be English subbed.
Synopsis: It is a romantic comedy about a high school girl Im Ju Gyeong, who rises to pretty girl fame after she masters the art of make-up from YouTube. She turns into a goddess because of her makeup skills, but would rather die than reveal her bare face to anyone. It tells her love story with the only boy that saw her without makeup, Lee Su Ho. Lee is an attractive and handsome boy who appears cold because of his dark past but is actually very caring. They grow when they meet each other sharing their secrets and finding love with each other, but can Su Ho make Ju Gyeong find her true beauty? (Source: Wikipedia) ~~ Adapted from the webtoon “Yeoshingangrim” by Yaongyi.
True Beauty (2020) has a similar premise to kdrama My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018), which oddly enough also featured Cha Eun Woo as the male lead 🤔. Lee Shi Eun, who also wrote Top Star Yoo Baek, is the screenwriter here and the director is Kim Sang Hyub (Extraordinary You), so a pretty good team here. The webcomic is still airing, so whom the female lead ends up with remains in the air, but regardless, this is one I’ll check out.
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.
I’m a big animation fan and when I came across this unique drama, it really caught my eye. Amanza (2020) already started airing on September 1, 2020 on Kakao Tv. This kdrama is one of those short webdramas with only 10 episodes at 15 mins each. It stars Ji Soo (When I Was the Most Beautiful (2020)) as Park Dong Myung, a young man dying of cancer. Yes, not my usual genre, tearjerkers, I cry way too easily, (and life seems too tragic like now already), but I’m hoping since it’s short and there’s cute cartoon characters that it will be more about the journey then the end.
Synopsis: A 26-year-old man’s life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. As he struggles with the pain of his treatment and the realization that he never truly lived, he retreats into his imagination, to a magical forest where answers and miracles can be found. (Source: izone) ~~ Adapted from webtoon “Big See” by Kim Bo Tong.
I’m seriously wondering if this is the first time I’ve seen animation blended with live action in a tv series, of course there are always some characters, special effects, or stuff animated, but a full blown animation sequence? That must be rare. So I looked for it at mydramalist.com, turns out there’s around 3, one Chinese DRAMAHOLIC (2018), and 2 Japanese doramas, Risou no Musuko (2012) and Natsuzora (2019) tagged ‘Animation.’ So maybe this is the first kdrama featuring Animation?
Another teen drama came out recently I haven’t covered that looks cute and short, Pop Out Boy! (2020) and is based on a webtoon series. It aired June 25, 2020, should be only 10 episodes long and 15 minutes each and you can watch it English subbed here.
Synopsis: Tells the story of a fictional male character from a romance comic who jumps out of the 2-dimensional pages into real life. One day, Chun Nam Wook tears through the pages of the comic book and appear in front of the story’s female lead, Han Sun Nyeo. Right out of the pages of a fictional comic book, Chun Nam Wook may be a heartthrob, but once he opens his mouth he can’t help but make overly cringey, emotional comments at every turn. ~~ Adapted from the webtoon series, ‘Comic Book Boy Girl’.
I debated what to write about here, what I was most interested in and then decided, what the heck, I’ll discuss both dramas. Once Loved You, Distressed Forever (2020) and Dinner Mate (2020) are two upcoming dramas where romance will likely be of a slow burn variety.
Synopsis: It’s a modern drama and the age difference of 44-year-old Jang Dong Gun and 26-year-old Tang Yi Xin is apparently following the narrative as the love story is between an older successful businessman and a film student. ~~ Adapted from a C-novel of the same name.
Once Loved You, Distressed Forever (2020) is a older man/younger woman Chinese drama that stars Korean hallyu actor Jang Dong Gun (A Gentleman’s Dignity) and Tina Tang (Rule the World). The title alone suggests there will be angst aplenty. I thought this drama fits with the other lakorns I’m talking about this week, namely with that older male, younger female dynamic. This is based on a Chinese novel, but apparently changes have been made so this drama will differ from the novel. This drama airs May 31, 2020.
Synopsis: This drama is about a young woman going through a rough breakup with a longtime boyfriend she’s still in love with, and a young man who’s a serial dater and kind of tired of relationships. They both like to eat out but dislike having to go to nice restaurants alone, and they happen to meet while waiting to be seated at a restaurant, each of them alone. The hostess mistakes them for a couple and offers them a couple special, which prompts them to sit together and end up having dinner together.
After their first unexpected meeting, they meet and have dinner together weekly. That’s how they strike up an unusual friendship where they get together just to eat out, and over multiple dinners, they open up to each other about their relationship troubles and grow closer. ~~ Adapted from the webcomic “Jeonyeok Kati Deusilraeyo?” by Park Shi In
Dinner Mate (2020) airs May 25 and stars Song Seung Heon (When A Man’s in Love) and Seo Ji-Hye (Heart Surgeons (2018)). Outside of the premise, the characters are the most interesting part of this as Song Seung Heon stars as an eccentric psychiatrist and Seo Ji-Hye’s character is very cool and collected. This is based on a webcomic that you can find online with English subtitles and I’m looking forward to checking this drama out soon.