Currently Watching: Arang And The Magistrate

The perfect Korean couple has been born: Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki are the perfect combination of romance, wit, and comedy. Seriously, can these two get any cuter? I’ve never watched Lee Jun Ki in a drama before (Shocking, right?), and now I’m starting to regret it. He’s the bad boy, the gentle guy, and the rambunctious little rascal that you can’t get enough of.

Shin Min Ah is beautiful as always. And I love her in roles that are spunky and empowering. The evolution of k-drama couples have shifted from the shy girl-gentle guy to the spunky girl-spunky guy pairings. It’s awesome and a testament to our society that as women, we do not have to be the submissive shy girl waiting for the guy to approach us first. Roles that Shin Min Ah pulls off are a great examples for us girls to follow. *Hint: Be as mean as you can to the guy at first, and pretty soon he’ll fall for you.

I’m not going to do a recap since every other blogger and their mothers are obsessing over this drama and writing the same things. I’ll just share my thoughts on the plot (which is excellent so far) and the actors. Can’t wait for Wed. and Thurs. every week 🙂

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Love Actually (爱的蜜方) Midpoint Recap

This drama really exceeded my expectations. First off, I’ve never watched anything with Joe Cheng (I know! Do I live under a rock or something?) and I was really doubtful of yet another dubbed Korean actress in a Chinese drama. But these two leads have really knocked my socks off. And plus, the plot is quite good.

So we left off with Xiao Xia (Lee Da Hae) with no choice but to lie her way into the Chen family. Xiao Xia feels guiltier and guiltier as Hao Feng (Joe Cheng) discovers her secrets. Hao Feng does some sneaky investigations, including taking her nephew’s hair to get it tested for DNA to see if he’s really Hao Feng’s older brother’s son. Of course, the results come back negative but Hao Feng has already become smitten with Xiao Xia. He lets her stay and continues to lie to his family. When Xiao Xia’s brother comes to the restaurant and steals money, that’s when the lid blew off. The whole family came to know her secret and she and her nephew leave in shame.

The family totally lost their spirit without her and her nephew. And with Hao Feng’s approval, they set out to find them. Hao Feng manages to bring them back (literally carrying Xiao Xia on his back…haha) and the family is whole and happy again! But it turns out that the youngest brother (Li Yang 立扬) really likes Xiao Xia and wants to confess to her. (At this point, I’m in awe and a bit jealous of her ability to make all the Chen men fall for her). His confession gets sidetracked by a girl (Xiao Xiao 潇潇) that liked him from childhood. So that’s one part of the love rectangle…

After some ups and downs, father Chen gets sick. In order to recreate the delicious soup base that is the core of the restaurant, the four leads go off to the villages to find ingredients. Xiao Xia and Hao Feng spend the night together, getting drunk, and eventually kissing and sleeping on the same bed. Li Yang comes in to see this and he’s devastated. After successfully making the soup, Hao Feng tells Xiao Xia that he likes her and wants to give her her first dating experience. Embarrassed and happy, Xiao Xia agrees. SOOOOOOO CUTE!!!

But here comes the plot twists and love obstacles. Hao Feng’s ex-fiancee comes back to find him. Apparently, she left him because her father objected and then forced her to leave the country. Oh no. How will Hao Feng decide? Will he go back to his first love or will he choose Xiao Xia? Arghhh…I can’t wait a whole weekend!

Currently Obsessing Over: Love Actually 爱的蜜方

I’ve revived my passion for TW/CH dramas again! I’m currently watching Love Actually with the ever-so-young Joe Cheng and Hallyu star Lee Da Hae. First off, I have to say that I love/hate foreign pairings of my OTPs. There’s been tons of Korean actors and actresses making their way across to Taiwan and China…Park Jung Min in Fondant Garden, Goo Hye Sun in Absolute Boyfriend, Siwon and Donghae in Extravagant Challenge…and the list goes on. Now while I love watching my favorite K-actors with my favorite CH/TW-actors get together and all that lovey-dovey stuff, the dubbing of their voices is just killing me. Seriously, at least get voices that matches what they would actually sound like. Some K-actors and actresses make an effort in at least learning lines in Chinese and mouthing it. This makes it a little better, but then I think to myself, why would you need dubbed voices then? The actor clearly knows his line, and if he mispronounces a word or two, isn’t that what the captions are for??

Lee Da Hae does a great job in her first Chinese drama as Xiao Xia (小夏). Well, then again, she has learned Chinese for more than 7 years. Seriously, I watched all her interviews and BTS, her Chinese is on par with my Chinese. She plays a poor girl with a son nephew and a good-for-nothing brother (the nephew’s dad) who comes to her whenever he’s in debt. So she’s the typical Chinese lead girl – she’s poor, she’s quirky, she’s a hard worker, she makes everyone fall in love with her with those big big eyes of hers. Yup. Nothing much else to add here.

Joe Cheng as Hao Feng (皓峰) plays a cool yet warm-hearted guy who hates Lee Da Hae at first, but of course, grows to love her. His nickname is the Arctic Man….cause he’s so cold and heartless…hahaha. He slowly opens his heart and does cutesy little actions to show her that he cares and when he does, he’s wondering why he does care. Cause you secretly love her duh! And then they fall in love and have beautiful babies. Yes. This is the ending to every Chinese drama.

The premise of the drama begins with Xiao Xia working hard to support her and her son. With no money, she turns to her last hope of pretending to be the girlfriend of a guy she knows. He brings her to meet his family with the exchange of helping her find a house and giving her rent money. And lo and behold, his family consists of his dad and his two younger bros – one of which is our main lead – Hao Feng. So the older brother introduces her as his fiance and then skips town to avoid debt collectors. With an 8-yr old kid and no place to live, Xiao Xia reluctantly goes along with the lie and stays in their home. And the story goes from there…Hao Feng, being the smart cookie that he is, eventually finds out the truth. But he lies to his dad and younger brother to protect her and keeps her in the house. Accidental hugs and almost-kisses occur as our leads fall for each other.

The drama is airing on Chinese TV right now (although I’m guessing it’ll debut in Taiwan soon as well). The great thing about Chinese TV is that they air 3 episodes in one night. So I get almost 90 minutes of adorableness and secret love tension.

I Need Romance 2012 (TVN) Review

I don’t know how I ended up watching “I Need Romance,” since I never even saw the first season, but this show had a hook and reeled me in. The writing was sharp and raw. The lines were so good that it hurt me to just watch the characters spew venom at one another. You won’t find a fairy tale in here. Rather, you’ll discover a tale about loving, losing, vehemently hating, and loving some more. (I know, I’m cheesy. P.S. Spoilers ahead.)

Synopsis: 

The series stars Jung Yumi as the lead, Yeol Mae; Lee Jin Wook as her (ex)boyfriend of 12 years, Seok Hyun; and Kim Ji Suk as Ji Hoon. Yeol Mae has been in an on/off relationship with Seok Hyun for the past 12 years. After he revealed that he had no plans of marriage three years prior to where the story began, Yeol Mae broke up with him in search of someone who she can live a normal life with. Needless to say, she has not been able to get past her feelings for her childhood sweetheart, and the fact that she lives right next door to him adds to her inability to let him go. Ji Hoon is the owner of the coffee shop that Yeol Mae often visits on the way to her recording studio. She works as a music producer. She will eventually fall in love with Ji Hoon when she realizes that there is nothing left to salvage in her relationship with Seok Hyun.  The story also intertwines in neatly the tales of the lives of Yeol Mae’s best friends played by Kim Ji Woo and Kang Ye Sol. So what will happen, who will be chosen in this second season of I need Romance?

Review: 

Many viewers, as apparent by the wonderful comments on the top of the viki screen, hated Yeol Mae in the beginning of the series. I can understand why. She was demanding, selfish, and too honest for her own good. For several of the earlier episodes, all she did was relentlessly try to start over with Seok Hyun. She loved him, his smell, his movements, his kiss, but she wanted more than just his physical being, she wanted his soul as well, and those desires made her greedy and unable to move on with her life past Seok Hyun. She was relentless in her pursuit to reunite with him, and explosive with her jealousy. But her crude greed and rage feels so real. She’s not your typical kdrama heroine with a heart of gold and abilities of noble idiocy. And her anger  and actions mirror those of many of us when we want something badly. How do you think you are when you desire something so much that it eats you up inside? I doubt we’re all sunshine and rainbows on the outside and crying silently at a corner on the inside. That’s why I loved hating her in the beginning. She’s all of us when we want to say something honest, albeit desperate, vicious, and unapologetic.

But we then slowly begin to understand why she is like that. Being with Seok Hyun brings out the worst and best in her. She is told repeatedly that she was selfish and non-self sacrificing. He badgers her when he is unable to show his own true feelings, and his bottled up emotions isolates him from Yeol Mae. He doesn’t want to get jealous because he doesn’t think it’s a noble emotion to harbor, but his envy when Yeol Mae starts a relationship with Ji Hoon tears him apart. The two leads have so much baggage with each other that I felt bad for Ji Hoon to have to deal with it. The scene where Yeol Mae and Seok Hyun fights in the streets frightened me. Their relationship was literally the best of times and the worst of times filled with so much emotional baggage. For more than half the series, I thought, if she stayed with her ex, she will never be happy. He tells her she’s selfish, and she believes it, and acts accordingly. He tells her she has a bad temper, and she believes it, and acts accordingly. And when Ji Hoon tells her she’s gentle, Seok Hyun won’t believe it and becomes infinitely more jealous when he realizes how much she can change for someone. They hurt each other so much.

Source: Cheryl

And in comes Ji Hoon. This perfect man. I don’t know how much more perfect a drama writer can design a second lead, but he was perfect in my book. He  describes to Yeol Mae his definition of love by telling her how he tirelessly watered a tree during a drought one year. The devotion and worry he felt towards the tree confirmed to him that he was in love. (O lord, a man that fell in love with a tree? Raises hand. Where can I get one?) He brings out the best of Yeol Mae, teaching her to deal with her temper, giving her space whenever she needed it, and just being understanding. (I know, he is not real.) He loved her unconditionally, and for a long time, so did Yeol Mae. I really did believe that she loved him that much back as well. (This is probably the first series where I believed that a lead fell in love with two different men.) But I can still understand why she didn’t choose him at the end. She has too much history with Seok Hyun. She has never stopped loving him even though she moved on, and the scene where she explains that to Ji Hoon made me tear up (on the inside). She was so torn between her new love and an old love that needed her. This says a lot about the actress Jung Yumi. She portrayed Yeol Mae’s emotions so well, and it rattled me up too.

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All of that being said, I thought the story was well written and planned out. I do have gripes about how the last two episodes seemed crammed with the big genetic reveal. I wish Seok Hyun began to realize that he needed to communicate and open up earlier. If the big reveal was done earlier, I’m sure there are still tons of issues to explore. The actors were amazing. Jung Yumi was spectacular, raw, and believable. Lee Jin Wook can cry with a straight face like no other, maintaining his stoic isolation while showing us that he’s cracking. These two have amazing chemistry, as apparent by the goodies we saw throughout the entire series. (See the first ten minutes of episode one for example.) Not to mention Lee and Kim (who plays Ji Hoon) are real life best friends. It must’ve been hard for them to keep a straight face while fighting for a girl.

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The side stories were very interesting too. I loved watching the growth of Ji Hee’s backbone to finally oust her douchebag doctor boyfriend. Na Hyun’s strong persona was absolutely admirable. If we had more time to watch how she had ended up fake married to a politician, I’d love to watch that.

So it was definitely a good ride. And the OST was amazing to boot.

Queen In Hyun’s Man (Review)

Could there have been a better written time-traveling love story? (ok, that was a rhetorical question.) Queen In Hyun’s writing blew me off the roof. The execution was brilliant and the love story tore at my heart strings (o, my chorda tendinae). The impossible was possible in this drama, and the leads were smart, consistent, and a joy to develop with.

The story spans two time eras. Ji Hyun Woo plays a witty and charming scholar whose family has been sabotaged because of royal politics. He is given a talisman by a gisaeng that loves him and thus begins his time travels. We then meet Yoo In Ah’s character, a rising actress who’s spunky and not afraid to put herself first. (OMG. LOVEEE!) She is currently working on a drama and stars as Queen In Hyun. They meet in modern Seoul and thus begins their romance. (Spoilers below).

The good

The script was so well planned out. There were little details that the drama clarified as it went along, rather than hoping its viewer had forgotten about it. When Boong-Doo cuts his Joseon hair when he decides to travel around modern Jeju island, we’re reminded that it comes with a consequence when he returned to Joseon. He had to actively conceal his lost mane. When the real Queen In Hyun hinted that she may feel more than just gratitude towards Boong-Doo, it became a plot device to drag out the final battle of Boong-Doo versus the evil Minister. Our characters had so much depth. Neither of our leads were your typical push-over or naive woman-child or condescending chaebol. Instead, Hee-Jin was a spunky actress who planted the first kiss on Boong-Doo. Hee-Jin was proactive when it came to the man she loved, and we aren’t dragged through episodes of noble idiocy where our leads contemplated whether they can stay together. This girl knew what she wanted and denoted it very clearly with her actions. (e.g. her rejecting her douchebaggy ex-boyfriend, her saying blatantly to Boong-Doo time and time again that she wants him to stay with her in the present, her telling Jo she wants to break up with Hang Dong Min in the 2nd reality even though she was aware of the media consequence… I love that.) Boong-Doo was well written as well. He is smart and easily navigates through unknown terrain. He’s a man that takes responsibility and different from the immature man-child of every single drama out there. He’s flawed in that he thinks he can transverse through anything by himself, but given his familial circumstances, it’s understandable. Hence, I would recommend QIHM.

The Bad

I think there has been some unrest in the drama community regarding how the drama ended, in that the cell phone motif made no sense. So Boong-Doo burns his talisman because it didn’t work anymore and the original owner has died. Okay, that train of thought actually makes sense. Once the gisaeng died, the talisman need not follow the rules as rigidly anymore. Thus, by burning it, Boong-Doo also destroys all of Hee-Jin’s memory of him, thus creating a third reality. Okay, I buy that, and this is absolutely consistent with an earlier motif in that once any physical damage was done to the talisman, the future would re-exist in a shifted reality. But… I don’t comprehend why a cell phone call can retrieve him. Okay, fine, so the whole cause and effect. She calls him, he comes back. But how does that settle any viewer anxiety that Boong-Doo will be just called back to Joseon at any time as long as the cause fits? So perhaps, they’re trying to say Love is a greater force than some talisman, and its power can triumph over it, etc etc, but that just leaves it up to us to guess, which does not nicely provide us with closure.

Nonetheless, I don’t agree that the drama should’ve ended at episode 14 when Minister Min was killed. It leaves the warning about the “calamity” of the talisman to moot and it makes time traveling too easy. And be it that I’m a big believer of the law of conservation of energy, there has to be consequences to this travel. The drama does an amazing job selling that point, if only the cell phone motif was better done. BUT, for such a well executed drama, I’m totally onboard with overlooking those last 10 minutes of the show. It’s an amazing ride, so please consider it! (They’re not even paying me.)

Summer Revival

Let’s just say after months of not watching dramas (I still follow the recaps mind you) I’m pretty much craving me some! And boy do we have some good stuff this summer. I still haven’t devoted myself to any show and have been watching snippets of random episodes, but I have an inkling ‘Big’ is going to be big!  Haha. It’s a Hong sisters piece, which means lots of laughs and lots of hijinks. The story thus far has been executed smoothly, beautifully transitioning the body-soul switching montage. While the possibilities of the 18 year old student ending up with his teacher still makes me cringe, I can understand why there’s a huge chance that will happen. But Hong sisters dramas aren’t perfect either, and I abhor the way they write their female leads. They’re usually portrayed as naive, trusting, and just a whole bucket of sunshine and warmth. (Am I too cynical in thinking that the latter cannot exist?) They basically have no backbone, and I hate that. Lee Min Jung has such an amazing screen presence, so whether they’ll keep her as this unrealistically naive soul, only time will tell. Besides, it also helps that Goon Yoo is taking his shirt off in every other episode.

Photo credit: Drama Beans

Second on my list of adrenaline-worthy shows is ‘Gaksital. It stars Joo Won as the anti-hero hero. It does remind me of the action-revenge-drama from last summer, City Hunter, but Gaksital is unique in its own way, having a much better developed lead. (Like seriously, I still don’t understand how Lee Min Ho’s character can grow up to be so cheery after spending his childhood in the largest drug triangles in the world.) Joo Won’s known for his screaming angst-y acting (such as in Baker Kim) and this role suits him perfectly. He begins as the villain but slowly, we are shown his development into the anti-anti-hero. Poor child has so much on his plate, and as you all know… I totally have a thing for tragic figures. (Watch out for an end of the series review where I’ll screen cap some bloody, yet tragic scenes.)

Everyone’s always getting shot at in this series.

On a side note, look at Joo Won’s bad ass wikipedia picture: ❤ http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Joo_Won

There are a boat load of other dramas out. The much anticipated ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’opened up strong a few weeks ago, having been Jang Dong Gun’s small screen comeback. But this drama, even though I’m somewhat following its recaps, just isn’t for me. No matter how awesome Jang Dong Gun is, and we all know he’s awesome, I don’t want to know about how a bunch of middle aged men pick up women. Anyways, if it’s your cup of tea, let me know how it goes. I watched part of episode 6 for some reason, and the scene where Kim Ha Neul was stuck in the bathroom with Jang Dong Gun is so typical of Kim Eun Sook’s writing… eye rolling and totally not cool. There are plenty of other ways to convey steamy sexy skinship, don’t trap her in a corner!!! Ugh, I had such a big problem with Kim’s writing in Secret Garden too because of this, even though I was such a sucker and couldn’t stop watching.

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Then there’s ‘I do, I do.’ It’s about an alpha female that ends up being impregnated by her much much younger junior at work. AND, I stop reading there.  Lol. Meh, I guess there can be great narrative and what not, but I usually hate how things turn out. Girlfriend can definitely hire herself a nanny and raise the kid perfectly fine, but of course, she’ll probably end up with the father no matter how immature of an idiot he is. I don’t want to sit through that, feels like a Maury show. (yea, no picture, ha)

Lastly, and I purposely saved this for last, is ‘Dr. Jin.’ Oh what a mess this is. You’ve got people constantly getting subdural hemorrhages apparently and cholera. Yes, cholera. And of course Dr. Jin saves everyone! Apparently this is an adaptation of a popular manga and jdorama, but the Korean version does it no justice. I feel bad for the actors actually, to have to work with this material. I think in episode 6, they tackle Syphillis?! I might watch some parts of the show just for shitz and gigglez. As for the leads, if Song Seung Hyun was paired with someone else, the show might be bearable. I’d take more seriously, but when both leads are so stale, I tend to look forward only to scenes where they’re not together. Park Min Young has been typecasted as the earnest noblewoman who always wants to help. In City Hunter, she was that earnest body guard that always wants to help. In SSK, she was the earnest tomboy scholar that always wants to help… oy. I need a meaty actress with SOME depth. Please. Anyways, I’ll let you know how Dr. Jin cures syphillis in my next post.

Look at his mane of glory!

Time Slip Dr. Jin confirms leads

So here’s to another oddly casted couple. Our ahjussi-oppa 90s heart-throb, Song Seung Hyun, will be playing the lead in the upcoming drama Time Slip Dr. Jin. This troubled drama suffered plagiarism lawsuits and a rogue writer, but has now confirmed Park Min Young as the female lead. Apparently, she’s playing his modern time girlfriend and Joseon era young noblewoman. I don’t know. This is super wacky.

I still cannot pair Song Seung Hyun together with anyone except Kim Tae Hee. They were perfect together in “My Princess,” and their chemistry was the ONLY thing that carried the drama. But our resident ahjussi-oppa is a hit or miss. He is hardly the best actor in Korea and emoting is really not his strong point. (I think standing and looking pretty is his strength.) So unless this drama will consist of slide shows of Song Seung Hyun in beautiful costume, I don’t know how it will work.

This is how I remember him from Autumn Fairy Tale, that 12 year old me who didn't understand why the girl wouldn't pick Won Bin over her pretend brother....

I like Park Min Young. She does her job, but she’s not superb. I think she can use just a little bit more practice, with the right actors to move her along. I had loved all her previous dramas, SSK and City Hunter, but that was also because her male leads were amazing. She was so cute together with Lee Min Ho and playful with Micky. She’s bubbly and embodies youth. And that’s the problem. She is youthful and her image is such, but Song Seung Hyun is our ahjussi-oppa. His famed era was the 90s/00s, and I really don’t think their two personalities mesh. Park is like fresh baked bread, and she needs jam for flavor. Song Seung Hun is like aged baguette; hard and good only with lots of toppings. When I see them, I think uncle and niece, teacher and student. How can they work together? Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe.

Noona/Donsaeng love

Is it just me, or has the recent kdrama trend shifted towards more noona/donsaeng love with even bigger age gaps? While I have no problem with this, and so far the chemistry between the actors works (e.g., King 2 Hearts), I just thought it would be interesting to point out, whether or not these age gaps were part of the script (e.g. Me too, Flower). Do these storylines work? What about the casting?

Kdrama land has long been working with love angles involving the older gal with the heart of gold, and the younger chaebol with a witch of a mother (e.g. Sam Soon). Heck, the opposite has been the norm. But what if the age gap is much bigger? Like 10 years? (e.g. “Who Are You?”- Though for this latter drama, I did find it awfully creepy to fall in love with someone who is possessed by the spirit of your father). Large age gaps are always a concern, because you’d wonder how you can match up in life experiences, and ten years is really like a whole generation apart. (While I was listening to the Spice Girls, my little cousin is now listening to Justin Bieber, and we’re barely 10 years apart!)

Recent cable shows like Flower Boy Ramyun Shop focused (somewhat) on these issues when our heroine tried to suppress her feelings for the hot Jung Il Woo because of the age gap. And I think these are valid societal points to still consider because of a stigma that lingers regarding the older female and younger male. Love is not free of constraints, and it’s really not just between a man and a woman. Rather, class, family, wealth, education, aspirations, and a whole slew of things come in between. Age is one of them. What happens when a woman decides to focus on her career and postpones her romantic advancements? What happens when she’s ready to pursue her relationships and fall in love with someone much much younger? So not only do you have to consider the generational gap, society’s double standards requires that we focus also on gender.  Some shows do a really good job portraying these situations, (e.g. The Woman Who Still Wants to Get Married), and I’m commending Asian Dramas for tackling these issues and saying, hey, it CAN happen and it’s okay.

However, when the age gap is not written into the story, and rather the age gap resides with casting, it gets a little less believable. In the case of “Me Too, Flower,” because of an accident that occurred on set, Yoon Shi Yoon became the lead along side Lee Ji Ah. Now even though Lee Ji Ah looks flawless for her age, the fresh faced Yoon made the gorgeous ladies on set look like ahjummas tryig to rob his cradle. (Though, after suspending your beliefs a little, he did a fantastic job with the character.) Even with Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi in Kings 2 Hearts, I was a little weary of the casting at first. Ha Ji Won is a well seasoned actress with enough on screen prowess to guide an entire drama by herself. I’d always imagined her leading man would be someone with equal screen competence and experience. (Gah, that would just be ridiculously steaming. How about someone like Gong Yoo?) I’m not saying Lee Seung Gi cannot carry his own, but him and mature never associated in my mind.

In the Moon that Embraces, Kim Soo Hyun (as the King) made both Ha Ga In and Kim Min Seo look like Ahjummas. While his performance was something to talk about, I also had to suspend my belief for a while trying to imagine him as someone gritty and powerful. (Gah! He looks like he’s still in high school!)

Correct casting is everything. When I groan at mismatched leads with a huge age gap, it’s not because I am not accepting of the noona/donsaeng relationship, but because when I have to suspend my belief a lot so that I can begin to enjoy the drama, I’d call that mis-casting. …Or perhaps, this is just a post for the subconscious me hating on all you young faced actors out there making me feel like a cradle robber yearning for you.

Operation Proposal Review: Yoo Seung Ho is officially my latest crush

Operation Proposal is an adaptation of a Japanese drama (and maybe anime too) of a similar title. The whole story revolves around a guy who travels back in time to get the girl he loves. Since he’s not successful during his first (or second, third, etc) try, he goes back in time almost every episode, learning what he did wrong and yet still missing the girl by this much. Yoo Seung Ho, or Korea’s little brother, plays Kang Baek Ho, a washed-up baseball player. His childhood best friend is ham Yi Seul, played by Park Eun Bin.

He is actually hugging me...can't you recognize the back of my head?

My thoughts:

  • First of all, I never watch any drama not on the major networks (SBS, KBS, MBC) but I am pleasantly surprised that I ventured out of them to discover this cute and preppy drama. The drama so far (12 episodes have been aired) is light and sweet. We get to see the characters transform from young junior high schoolers to mature adults. The two leads have good chemistry (I say good, and not great because I am biased for Yoo Seung Ho and think that he does a great job in conveying his dreams with those longing eyes of his, but Park Eun Bin’s scenes have not fully convinced me yet). The drama is funny and keeps me on my toes. I know that he won’t get the girl until the very end, but when he accomplishes something (even if it is as small as buying her movie tickets), I get my hopes up that this is the time that he will actually succeed. But alas, he fails at the end of the episode and I look forward to the next week when he drinks that weird yellow potion, screams Yi Seul’s name and goes back in time.
  •  How old are these actors again??? I could not believe my eyes when I read that my beloved Yoo Seung Ho is only 18 (and yes, a minor). Park Eun Bin is 19, but seriously these two leads are unbelievably great actors for such a young age. This is what I love about kdramas, there’s always someone who’s younger and better, and that way, fans will always have someone to love.
  • As usual, kdramas always start to disappoint me towards the end. The first 5 or 6 episodes of this drama was great. The story was fast-paced – he went, he failed, he came back, and there was humor and suspense built into it. Towards the end of the drama, it was less entertaining (maybe appropriately so because they all grew up and became adults), but I still would’ve loved some of that cuteness and spunk Yoo Seung Ho brought to his younger counterpart. The one thing I do like about it is that the story is predictable. Yes I know, usually you don’t want dramas to be described as predictable, but in the case of Operation Proposal, it was done right. I look forward to a new chapter every week, just like reading a book. Even though I know what’s to come, I still sit at the edge of my seat rooting for Baek Ho to not mess things up this time.
  • OMG the kiss scene. How can I even begin to explain?? This is a serious kiss people. And they’re both like 18-19!!! And it wasn’t even just 1 kiss, it was multiple!!! And all of them had the same intensity and heart-fluterriness!!! It was this kiss that Yoo Seung Ho won me over with, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. All you noonas out there, admit it. You were imagining yourself in Park Eun Bin’s position. There are no words to describe…just watch!!!