First off, can I get a rooftop apartment with an awesome rocker boy as a neighbor?
I haven't fallen this fast for a drama since forever. It feels real and heartfelt and reminds me that I don't hate all youth dramas, it's just that most of them are so shabbily done. When one is done right, like this one, nothing can be better and I want to thank SUFBB for reminding me of that. It pretty much restored the whole genre to me. So far (and yes, I realize we are two months into the year) this is the 2012 drama to beat, for me.
And Ji Hyuk! Practical, loyal, kind, lost Ji Hyuk. He reminds me of what it is to have a fictional crush and adore a character so thoroughly. I haven't fallen for a protagonist this hard since City Hunter, almost a year ago. I remember being very unenthused by Sung Joon who was deadly dull playing an appallingly badly-written character in Lie to Me (but then that whole drama was a disaster) but here, he's blowing me away. But all the boys are wonderful - by the end of ep 3, I couldn't believe that earlier I couldn't tell any of them apart except for Ji Hyuk and Do Il. All of them have their distinct personalities, their pasts, and their friendship is just - I don't know, it doesn't feel like the unreal drama friendship often shown. Their horseplay, teasing, shared grief and rage and goals - they feel like real people and make me vaguely nostalgic for my own schooldays in Russia (American schools are quite different from this, but Russian schools, not so much).
And I adore Soo Ah, a rare heroine who's neither childishly quirky nor a plaster saint, but a real girl who is that rarity - an unostentatiously good person, who has doubts and weaknesses but never whines. I love that JH and she share something she doesn't with any of her 'friends' - the truth of her situation, and that their relationship is so functional - if there is a fight (when he blew up at her after Byung Hee's death) - there are apologies and no silly misunderstandings or martyrdom. I can't believe I am going to bring this up, but their rooftop interactions remind me a bit of Mars, though neither is as damaged as the protagonists there. And I think he's a much better choice for her than the late Byung Hee, the impractical, the dreamer - she is where she is because her father was not practical enough. JH may be a rocker bad boy, but he has a strong streak of practicality and his role is a caretaker of his wilder friends - just what she needs. And she's caring without being dramatic, low-key and cheerful - just what he needs. ( A ton ton ton of good quality caps from eps 3 and 4 in hopes of icons. Ji Hyuk-centric because he rocks. Plus more meta )
And now I have to run, but I cannot wait to watch more! On, and cinematography is fantastic. Why is the whole world not watching this?