dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
While I appreciate the contribution Dong Young provides to the plot through his thoughtful character and nuanced emoting:



I cannot help but ship Duhmi with Bin instead:



I mean! He is hugging her with handcuffs!

People who made this made Damo and that explains everything: the focus on women in the story (the men are cool but secondary) AND the crazy shipping dilemma. In Damo, I am still not 100% convinced as to whom Damo really loved (though I have my opinions) and, more importantly, even though I thought Yoon was AWESOME, I shipped her with sexy rebel Sung-Baek instead even though I knew I should not have for reasons pretty darn valid. Spoiler as for the reason )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
While I appreciate the contribution Dong Young provides to the plot through his thoughtful character and nuanced emoting:



I cannot help but ship Duhmi with Bin instead:



I mean! He is hugging her with handcuffs!

People who made this made Damo and that explains everything: the focus on women in the story (the men are cool but secondary) AND the crazy shipping dilemma. In Damo, I am still not 100% convinced as to whom Damo really loved (though I have my opinions) and, more importantly, even though I thought Yoon was AWESOME, I shipped her with sexy rebel Sung-Baek instead even though I knew I should not have for reasons pretty darn valid. Spoiler as for the reason )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
While I appreciate the contribution Dong Young provides to the plot through his thoughtful character and nuanced emoting:



I cannot help but ship Duhmi with Bin instead:



I mean! He is hugging her with handcuffs!

People who made this made Damo and that explains everything: the focus on women in the story (the men are cool but secondary) AND the crazy shipping dilemma. In Damo, I am still not 100% convinced as to whom Damo really loved (though I have my opinions) and, more importantly, even though I thought Yoon was AWESOME, I shipped her with sexy rebel Sung-Baek instead even though I knew I should not have for reasons pretty darn valid. Spoiler as for the reason )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)


One of Damo's points of brilliance is that, much as I love Lord Hwangbo Yoon, in episodes 4-7, just like Chae-Ok, I fall completely under Jang Sung-Baek's spell. He is a rebel leader fighting for a just world! Who is incredibly loyal to his friends, treats lepers, yearns to find his long-lost sister, and executes a scumlord who uses parents' debts to sell daughters into sex slavery. Not to mention he is so gorgeous it hurts. In eps 4-7 I always switch to becoming a Sung-Baek/Chae-Ok shipper, even if I know how impossible it is, starting with the very basic reason spoiler ). And for the rest of the drama, just like Chae-Ok, I am torn. Because once we switch again to Hwangbo Yoon and his interaction with Chae-Ok, I switch again, and so on...

Anyway, this is a long-winded intro to some gorgeous caps from the beginning of ep 7 behind the cut. Mainly of Sung-Baek and Chae-Ok, but some of Hwangbo Yoon too, because he is too awesome not to include.

Enter for angsty hotness here )

And speaking of angsty rebels, I just started episode 5 of Iljimae and took a few caps from first15 minutes or so. Not spoilery at all except for the fact that Lee Jun Ki is hot.



Caps here )
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)


One of Damo's points of brilliance is that, much as I love Lord Hwangbo Yoon, in episodes 4-7, just like Chae-Ok, I fall completely under Jang Sung-Baek's spell. He is a rebel leader fighting for a just world! Who is incredibly loyal to his friends, treats lepers, yearns to find his long-lost sister, and executes a scumlord who uses parents' debts to sell daughters into sex slavery. Not to mention he is so gorgeous it hurts. In eps 4-7 I always switch to becoming a Sung-Baek/Chae-Ok shipper, even if I know how impossible it is, starting with the very basic reason spoiler ). And for the rest of the drama, just like Chae-Ok, I am torn. Because once we switch again to Hwangbo Yoon and his interaction with Chae-Ok, I switch again, and so on...

Anyway, this is a long-winded intro to some gorgeous caps from the beginning of ep 7 behind the cut. Mainly of Sung-Baek and Chae-Ok, but some of Hwangbo Yoon too, because he is too awesome not to include.

Enter for angsty hotness here )

And speaking of angsty rebels, I just started episode 5 of Iljimae and took a few caps from first15 minutes or so. Not spoilery at all except for the fact that Lee Jun Ki is hot.



Caps here )
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)


One of Damo's points of brilliance is that, much as I love Lord Hwangbo Yoon, in episodes 4-7, just like Chae-Ok, I fall completely under Jang Sung-Baek's spell. He is a rebel leader fighting for a just world! Who is incredibly loyal to his friends, treats lepers, yearns to find his long-lost sister, and executes a scumlord who uses parents' debts to sell daughters into sex slavery. Not to mention he is so gorgeous it hurts. In eps 4-7 I always switch to becoming a Sung-Baek/Chae-Ok shipper, even if I know how impossible it is, starting with the very basic reason spoiler ). And for the rest of the drama, just like Chae-Ok, I am torn. Because once we switch again to Hwangbo Yoon and his interaction with Chae-Ok, I switch again, and so on...

Anyway, this is a long-winded intro to some gorgeous caps from the beginning of ep 7 behind the cut. Mainly of Sung-Baek and Chae-Ok, but some of Hwangbo Yoon too, because he is too awesome not to include.

Enter for angsty hotness here )

And speaking of angsty rebels, I just started episode 5 of Iljimae and took a few caps from first15 minutes or so. Not spoilery at all except for the fact that Lee Jun Ki is hot.



Caps here )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
There was KISSING at the end of ep 11 of Lobbyist. Caps of that and many other moments of awesomeness coming. There might have also been high-pitched squealing in the house at that, too.

But this post is not about that.

This post is about Damo.



DAMODAMODAMODAMODAMO.

I started showing it to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and, once again, its awesomeness hit me like a ton of brick: the prettiness, the emotional intensity, the strong heroine, the the the everything.

Behind the cut are caps and meta on eps 1 and 2. Not spoilery for anything beyond the first two eps )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
There was KISSING at the end of ep 11 of Lobbyist. Caps of that and many other moments of awesomeness coming. There might have also been high-pitched squealing in the house at that, too.

But this post is not about that.

This post is about Damo.



DAMODAMODAMODAMODAMO.

I started showing it to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and, once again, its awesomeness hit me like a ton of brick: the prettiness, the emotional intensity, the strong heroine, the the the everything.

Behind the cut are caps and meta on eps 1 and 2. Not spoilery for anything beyond the first two eps )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
There was KISSING at the end of ep 11 of Lobbyist. Caps of that and many other moments of awesomeness coming. There might have also been high-pitched squealing in the house at that, too.

But this post is not about that.

This post is about Damo.



DAMODAMODAMODAMODAMO.

I started showing it to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and, once again, its awesomeness hit me like a ton of brick: the prettiness, the emotional intensity, the strong heroine, the the the everything.

Behind the cut are caps and meta on eps 1 and 2. Not spoilery for anything beyond the first two eps )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist SIG by miss-dian)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over and I started showing her Damo. We watched two first eps and, my God, I've forgotten how incredible this is. This definitely belongs in my Top 5 kdramas. Prepare for meta and caps (am dling eps for capping right now).

But this post is not about that.



LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST.

I love episodes 10 and 11 more than chocolate ice-cream.

What do I love? Maria being tough as nails and successful and aggressive and this not being portrayed as a bad thing. That girl is Hard-Core: she can fight, she can bargain, she can think. YES.

What else do I love? Harry's deep humanity. In a way, he is totally unsuited to his life, the way Maria is not. Maria has a hard edge to her a mile wide. But Harry? He can be incredibly tough, true, but he is a total softie under all that. I loved the scene where the guerilla leader sends him some anonymous young woman to 'take care of his needs' and he just gently buttons up her bra for her, and ends up talking to a mercenary, who thinks him foolishly soft-hearted, that she is too young and he has a sister her age.

What do I love more than those put together? WHEN THE GUERILLAS CAPTURE MARIA AND TIE HER TO A POST AND FORCE HARRY TO SHOOT HER OR ELSE THEY WILL KILL HIM AND KILL HER ANYWAY. Yes, this deserves caps. OMG. I sort of forgot to breathe. That whole scene, and Maria's steadiness, and Harry's desperation and just...GUH.

And how he promises to take care of her (later) and how they escape and how he is shot protecting her and just...

MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE DRAMA HAPPENS THEN.

Come see my favorite scene behind a cut, full of hurt/comfort and OTPness )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist SIG by miss-dian)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over and I started showing her Damo. We watched two first eps and, my God, I've forgotten how incredible this is. This definitely belongs in my Top 5 kdramas. Prepare for meta and caps (am dling eps for capping right now).

But this post is not about that.



LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST.

I love episodes 10 and 11 more than chocolate ice-cream.

What do I love? Maria being tough as nails and successful and aggressive and this not being portrayed as a bad thing. That girl is Hard-Core: she can fight, she can bargain, she can think. YES.

What else do I love? Harry's deep humanity. In a way, he is totally unsuited to his life, the way Maria is not. Maria has a hard edge to her a mile wide. But Harry? He can be incredibly tough, true, but he is a total softie under all that. I loved the scene where the guerilla leader sends him some anonymous young woman to 'take care of his needs' and he just gently buttons up her bra for her, and ends up talking to a mercenary, who thinks him foolishly soft-hearted, that she is too young and he has a sister her age.

What do I love more than those put together? WHEN THE GUERILLAS CAPTURE MARIA AND TIE HER TO A POST AND FORCE HARRY TO SHOOT HER OR ELSE THEY WILL KILL HIM AND KILL HER ANYWAY. Yes, this deserves caps. OMG. I sort of forgot to breathe. That whole scene, and Maria's steadiness, and Harry's desperation and just...GUH.

And how he promises to take care of her (later) and how they escape and how he is shot protecting her and just...

MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE DRAMA HAPPENS THEN.

Come see my favorite scene behind a cut, full of hurt/comfort and OTPness )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist SIG by miss-dian)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over and I started showing her Damo. We watched two first eps and, my God, I've forgotten how incredible this is. This definitely belongs in my Top 5 kdramas. Prepare for meta and caps (am dling eps for capping right now).

But this post is not about that.



LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST

LOBBYIST.

I love episodes 10 and 11 more than chocolate ice-cream.

What do I love? Maria being tough as nails and successful and aggressive and this not being portrayed as a bad thing. That girl is Hard-Core: she can fight, she can bargain, she can think. YES.

What else do I love? Harry's deep humanity. In a way, he is totally unsuited to his life, the way Maria is not. Maria has a hard edge to her a mile wide. But Harry? He can be incredibly tough, true, but he is a total softie under all that. I loved the scene where the guerilla leader sends him some anonymous young woman to 'take care of his needs' and he just gently buttons up her bra for her, and ends up talking to a mercenary, who thinks him foolishly soft-hearted, that she is too young and he has a sister her age.

What do I love more than those put together? WHEN THE GUERILLAS CAPTURE MARIA AND TIE HER TO A POST AND FORCE HARRY TO SHOOT HER OR ELSE THEY WILL KILL HIM AND KILL HER ANYWAY. Yes, this deserves caps. OMG. I sort of forgot to breathe. That whole scene, and Maria's steadiness, and Harry's desperation and just...GUH.

And how he promises to take care of her (later) and how they escape and how he is shot protecting her and just...

MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE DRAMA HAPPENS THEN.

Come see my favorite scene behind a cut, full of hurt/comfort and OTPness )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
I think it's about time for me to rewatch Damo.

A 14-episode drama, Damo was one of my earliest Korean dramas, and all these dramas later, remains one of my favorites (I don't love it as much as Legend, and probably not as much as Hong Gil Dong, but it is still psychotically good).

Filmed like a movie and written better than most movies ever get (and, at 14 eps, with no slow spots or pacing problems), Damo possesses not only a complicated story, amazing battles, and characters I grew to love madly, it also boasts the strongest female character I have came across in dramas: the protagonist Chae-Ok, after whom the drama is named. A Damo is a tea-servant in Korea of a Joseon period, and Chae-Ok is, ostensibly, a tea-servant at a police precinct, a slave of Commander Hwangbo Yoon, the 'boss' of the division. She is also an investigator for the department and one of its best fighters. She can do this as she grew up with Yoon, and the Commander, an outsider himself (he is a bastard child of a nobleman, not a truly 'proper noble' by birth), treats her as a sister or maybe more...

The story is about a counterfeiting ring that might be the cover for a rebellion, about Chae-Ok's method of coping with living in a society that is almost unbearably rigid, and her emotional involvement with two very different yet oddly similar men: Hwangbo Yoon and the charismatic rebel leader Sung-Baek.

Damo is one of the most gorgeously filmed, emotionally devastating, incredible dramas out there. All three of the main characters are outsiders trying to cope with the system that does not allow deviations, and their emotional struggles to define themselves are even more interesting than the overarching plot.

Also, "Then I will humble myself" has got to be one of the most swoon-worthy things ever said in a drama, in context.

Here is a rare non-spoilery vid to lure you:



Cool ones but spoilery. Go watch the drama )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
I think it's about time for me to rewatch Damo.

A 14-episode drama, Damo was one of my earliest Korean dramas, and all these dramas later, remains one of my favorites (I don't love it as much as Legend, and probably not as much as Hong Gil Dong, but it is still psychotically good).

Filmed like a movie and written better than most movies ever get (and, at 14 eps, with no slow spots or pacing problems), Damo possesses not only a complicated story, amazing battles, and characters I grew to love madly, it also boasts the strongest female character I have came across in dramas: the protagonist Chae-Ok, after whom the drama is named. A Damo is a tea-servant in Korea of a Joseon period, and Chae-Ok is, ostensibly, a tea-servant at a police precinct, a slave of Commander Hwangbo Yoon, the 'boss' of the division. She is also an investigator for the department and one of its best fighters. She can do this as she grew up with Yoon, and the Commander, an outsider himself (he is a bastard child of a nobleman, not a truly 'proper noble' by birth), treats her as a sister or maybe more...

The story is about a counterfeiting ring that might be the cover for a rebellion, about Chae-Ok's method of coping with living in a society that is almost unbearably rigid, and her emotional involvement with two very different yet oddly similar men: Hwangbo Yoon and the charismatic rebel leader Sung-Baek.

Damo is one of the most gorgeously filmed, emotionally devastating, incredible dramas out there. All three of the main characters are outsiders trying to cope with the system that does not allow deviations, and their emotional struggles to define themselves are even more interesting than the overarching plot.

Also, "Then I will humble myself" has got to be one of the most swoon-worthy things ever said in a drama, in context.

Here is a rare non-spoilery vid to lure you:



Cool ones but spoilery. Go watch the drama )
dangermousie: (Damo OTP by miss-dian)
I think it's about time for me to rewatch Damo.

A 14-episode drama, Damo was one of my earliest Korean dramas, and all these dramas later, remains one of my favorites (I don't love it as much as Legend, and probably not as much as Hong Gil Dong, but it is still psychotically good).

Filmed like a movie and written better than most movies ever get (and, at 14 eps, with no slow spots or pacing problems), Damo possesses not only a complicated story, amazing battles, and characters I grew to love madly, it also boasts the strongest female character I have came across in dramas: the protagonist Chae-Ok, after whom the drama is named. A Damo is a tea-servant in Korea of a Joseon period, and Chae-Ok is, ostensibly, a tea-servant at a police precinct, a slave of Commander Hwangbo Yoon, the 'boss' of the division. She is also an investigator for the department and one of its best fighters. She can do this as she grew up with Yoon, and the Commander, an outsider himself (he is a bastard child of a nobleman, not a truly 'proper noble' by birth), treats her as a sister or maybe more...

The story is about a counterfeiting ring that might be the cover for a rebellion, about Chae-Ok's method of coping with living in a society that is almost unbearably rigid, and her emotional involvement with two very different yet oddly similar men: Hwangbo Yoon and the charismatic rebel leader Sung-Baek.

Damo is one of the most gorgeously filmed, emotionally devastating, incredible dramas out there. All three of the main characters are outsiders trying to cope with the system that does not allow deviations, and their emotional struggles to define themselves are even more interesting than the overarching plot.

Also, "Then I will humble myself" has got to be one of the most swoon-worthy things ever said in a drama, in context.

Here is a rare non-spoilery vid to lure you:



Cool ones but spoilery. Go watch the drama )
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
Things that make me happy:

1. Daemul isn’t scrapped. The air date has been pushed to October, which I can deal with. Hopefully they will iron things out by then.

2. The fangirls in the JJH thread on soompi. They are discussing possible kissing scenes in Antique and are torn between horror (oh noez! Their oppa might be kissing another guy!) and delight (at least it’s not one of those icky girls). Heeee. I really wish this was a drama and not a movie, but oh well, beggars can’t be chosers. Still, 16 episodes of JJH reliving cake-related childhood abduction trauma and dealing with advances of the hot Waffle Sunki, whose sexy gay love he rejected in high-school, would have been pretty awesome.

3. Yup, Winter Sonata is definitely being made into an anime.


Heee.

4. Powerful Opponents has certainly become the drama of the spring for me. Who would have thought…I wasn’t very familiar with/attached to any of the leads before it started. Especially amusing is that I mainly checked it out to see Lady Bodyguard and President’s Son hook up but ended up the hugest bodyguards!shipper. Heeeee. Oh, Gwan Pil :)

5. Even though I want Gwan Pil/Young Joo with a scary level of fangirling, I do like Su Ho as a character, and adore Lee Jin Wook, who plays him. I just don’t want him with Young Joo. So imagine my delight when I found he was in a drama where he did get the girl, last year’s Someday. The plot sounds delightful. Our Heroine is a reserved manga artist, who doesn’t really believe in romantic love much. She comes to Korea and meets Secondary Guy, a manga fanboy who is smitten and decides he is in love at first sight, not even noticing the cool Secondary Girl who has loved him for years. Secondary Guy hires our Hero, Lee Jin Wook, a private investigator with a tragic past, to follow his dream girl. And it goes from there… Happy endings for everyone abound, so what’s not to love. I don’t think fansubbers ever did this drama, but a DVD with subs is available from YA. I mean, look at the cute MV!



5. PO is winding up next week. But luckily, I have a new drama fixation to take its place…Iljimae. And speaking of, ep two subs are out! I have only watched the first half of first ep and I like it a LOT. I don’t love it as much as Hong Gil Dong, but it’s early days yet, and in any event, HGD pinged my fiction loves uniquely. Oddly, I can also see why it’s getting better ratings: it’s a lot more traditional in its approach than HGD.

So yes, Iljimae. I am sure my like will transform to LOVE as soon as poor little Iljimae will lose his privileged existence and his family at the age of eight (???), grow up to be Lee Jun Ki and begin his awful yet photogenic torment and suffering. Also, any clue which of the two girls is his OTP? I don’t mind either way. One way we get so beloved by me trope of aristocrat-slave (though would Iljimae be considered a slave? I mean, he was born upper class. But then Ha Ji Won lost all her aristocratic status when her family was executed in Damo, and became a slave…so.) Plus, that would mean he falls for the girl whose Dad killed his family, thus giving me shades of Time Between Dog and Wolf. However, if we don’t get that, I don’t mind a bit.It would also be fun if he hooked up with thieving peasant girl, sort of like Legend. I already got aristocrat/slaveOTP with Hong Gil Dong and Damo and it was all so perfect, plus I can have my fill of angsty avenger/gently brought lady otp angst with Strongest Chil Woo which is coming out later this summer. Also, this way I can have a ‘I am in love with my not!sibling’ OTP of aristocrat girl and Iljimae’s nemesis, which would also make me happy.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
Things that make me happy:

1. Daemul isn’t scrapped. The air date has been pushed to October, which I can deal with. Hopefully they will iron things out by then.

2. The fangirls in the JJH thread on soompi. They are discussing possible kissing scenes in Antique and are torn between horror (oh noez! Their oppa might be kissing another guy!) and delight (at least it’s not one of those icky girls). Heeee. I really wish this was a drama and not a movie, but oh well, beggars can’t be chosers. Still, 16 episodes of JJH reliving cake-related childhood abduction trauma and dealing with advances of the hot Waffle Sunki, whose sexy gay love he rejected in high-school, would have been pretty awesome.

3. Yup, Winter Sonata is definitely being made into an anime.


Heee.

4. Powerful Opponents has certainly become the drama of the spring for me. Who would have thought…I wasn’t very familiar with/attached to any of the leads before it started. Especially amusing is that I mainly checked it out to see Lady Bodyguard and President’s Son hook up but ended up the hugest bodyguards!shipper. Heeeee. Oh, Gwan Pil :)

5. Even though I want Gwan Pil/Young Joo with a scary level of fangirling, I do like Su Ho as a character, and adore Lee Jin Wook, who plays him. I just don’t want him with Young Joo. So imagine my delight when I found he was in a drama where he did get the girl, last year’s Someday. The plot sounds delightful. Our Heroine is a reserved manga artist, who doesn’t really believe in romantic love much. She comes to Korea and meets Secondary Guy, a manga fanboy who is smitten and decides he is in love at first sight, not even noticing the cool Secondary Girl who has loved him for years. Secondary Guy hires our Hero, Lee Jin Wook, a private investigator with a tragic past, to follow his dream girl. And it goes from there… Happy endings for everyone abound, so what’s not to love. I don’t think fansubbers ever did this drama, but a DVD with subs is available from YA. I mean, look at the cute MV!



5. PO is winding up next week. But luckily, I have a new drama fixation to take its place…Iljimae. And speaking of, ep two subs are out! I have only watched the first half of first ep and I like it a LOT. I don’t love it as much as Hong Gil Dong, but it’s early days yet, and in any event, HGD pinged my fiction loves uniquely. Oddly, I can also see why it’s getting better ratings: it’s a lot more traditional in its approach than HGD.

So yes, Iljimae. I am sure my like will transform to LOVE as soon as poor little Iljimae will lose his privileged existence and his family at the age of eight (???), grow up to be Lee Jun Ki and begin his awful yet photogenic torment and suffering. Also, any clue which of the two girls is his OTP? I don’t mind either way. One way we get so beloved by me trope of aristocrat-slave (though would Iljimae be considered a slave? I mean, he was born upper class. But then Ha Ji Won lost all her aristocratic status when her family was executed in Damo, and became a slave…so.) Plus, that would mean he falls for the girl whose Dad killed his family, thus giving me shades of Time Between Dog and Wolf. However, if we don’t get that, I don’t mind a bit.It would also be fun if he hooked up with thieving peasant girl, sort of like Legend. I already got aristocrat/slaveOTP with Hong Gil Dong and Damo and it was all so perfect, plus I can have my fill of angsty avenger/gently brought lady otp angst with Strongest Chil Woo which is coming out later this summer. Also, this way I can have a ‘I am in love with my not!sibling’ OTP of aristocrat girl and Iljimae’s nemesis, which would also make me happy.

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