Thankful Unnies #3 – Dramas For Your Soul

When I was a kid they had those books “Chicken Soup for the soul”. This is kind of what we’re going for. 10 dramas that are good for our souls. They recharge us, make us feel warm and gooey and are easy watches. Even some might make us cry, but a good cry can be refreshing.


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100 Days My Prince

Lee Yool is the Crown Prince, but he suddenly disappears. He comes back to the palace one hundred days later. What happened to the Crown Prince for the past one hundred days?

Meanwhile, Hong-Sim is smart and runs the first private detective agency in Joseon.

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This is a new one for me. I usually hate historical dramas but I found myself really invested. Maybe it was Do Kyungsoo and his portrayal of a prince with memory loss. Or maybe it was just how I cried for most of the characters. Either way, this is one for the history books for me. And instead of a clip, just listen to Kim Jongdae sing.

Fight For My Way

The story is about underdogs with big dreams and third-rate specs struggling to survive, and craving for success with a career they’re underqualified for. A long time friendship is blossoming into romance between two immature friends Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) and Choi Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won) whose childish dynamic hasn’t changed despite reaching adulthood.

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This drama has permeant real estate in my soul, mind and heart. I’ve watched this a total of 3 times now. And there are times when I just feel like I need a fix and just watch the clips. Everything about this drama was perfect. The chemistry, the plot, the acting. It’s where I truly fell in love with Park Seo Joon. Ugh, I might watch it again right now. Just watch this clip.

A Love So Beautiful

Chen Xiaoxi (Shen Yue) and Jiang Chen (Hu Yitian) are classmates at Chenxi Secondary School, and have been neighbors since kindergarten. Chen Xiaoxi, a cheerful girl who doesn’t study much, is expressive about her admiration towards Jiang Chen, a popular student known for his good looks and high grades. However, Jiang Chen is very distant and indifferent towards people because of his father’s early death. Together with their friends—the funny yet dirty-minded Lu Yang, athletic but blunt Lin Jingxiao, and joyful national swimmer Wu Bosong—Chen Xiaoxi and Jiang Chen prepare for their Gaokao, a university entry examination, during their journey through secondary school and towards adulthood.

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This was a slow burn to my soul. I didn’t really want to get into Chinese Dramas but something about this really grabbed hold of me and said “love me forever!” And I did. It’s the subtle moments in this drama that really speak to me. It’s the calm way he loved her mixed with the big way she loved him. All of that mixed with the hottest lead I’ve ever seen in a C-Drama, it has me by the heartstrings.

The Secret Life of My Secretary

A department manager of a mobile media company getting to know his friends and foes after losing his ability to recognize faces, and teaming up with his secretary to try and solve the mystery while falling in love.

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This is one of my top five dramas of 2019. I usually don’t like to watch current airing dramas but every week I was right there following this silly cute one. I haven’t rewatched yet but at least once a week I think about doing so because the chemistry is just that addicting between the leads.

Because This Is My First Life

House-poor Nam Se-hee (Lee Min-ki) and homeless Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min), both unmarried in their thirties, start living together as housemates.

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At first I was torn to add this because it isn’t really fluffy but something about this drama makes me smile, cry and laugh all at the same time. Maybe it is the earnest all the characters have. Or maybe it is the real relationships they seem to portray. Either way, it has a special spot in my soul.

SUGAR BABY UNNIE’S PICKS

Coffee Prince (2007)

A tomboy is mistaken for a young man, but maintains the deception for the sake of employment. The situation becomes complicated when her male boss begins to develop feelings for this “boy” and vice versa.

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Please if you didn’t think that I was going to include this drama on my list then I have failed you as the number 1 Coffee Prince stan in the world. I will under all circumstances find a way to get someone to watch Coffee Prince. Yep yep. This is literally one of my emotional support dramas. I rewatch it every time I get into a kdrama slump because it pulls me out and reminds me why I started watching them. Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye drama reunion please? I am begging on my knees.

Because Of Meeting You (2017)

Zhang Guo Guo grew up in a Wonton shop and is also the food delivery girl for the town. Although she did not receive high education, she is loved by her neighborhood because of her enthusiastic and sincere personality. But what people don’t know is that Guo Guo is actually a famous embroidery workshop boss’s daughter, and an accident caused her to group in the small town.

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In the same breath of Coffee Prince, this drama opened me up to a world that I thought was beneath me. I love this drama, as frustrating and irritating as it got I was still hopelessly glued to the screen and had to watch it. It is a remake of Jang Bo Ri Is Here, and although I’ve never watched it, many times I have felt the urge to simply because I absolutely love this drama so much. It has such a satisfying ending as well. And the chemistry between Deng Lun and Sun Lin was absolutely amazing. It may not be exactly comforting but it comforts me. Heheh.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)

A coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.

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Yeah this drama has my whole heart. I veto’d it from lazy unnie heheh. I have rewatched this about four times now and I think I am overdue for number five. Chemistry aside, the story may have some slightly problematic elements, but there is just something about this drama that is so satisfying and beautiful to watch.

Le Coup de Foudre (2019)

Story about a pair of lovers from their high school to adult life.

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I think there may be a theme I unknowingly have going on, in which I love stories that are slow, beautiful with a delightful buildup. The way this drama is shot is so beautiful. I love that we watched this couple fall together, fall apart and fall forever. I felt cheated during An Oriental Odyssey so this made it up to me a bit. When Janice and Yujian get marrieeddddd!!! Y’all will see and knowwww.

Age Of Youth (2016)

A slice-of-life story about five college students who connect over the growing pains in their youth.

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I guess it is just facts at this point. When I think of my most comforting dramas it centers around this concept of “found families” and watching people grow together and learn about themselves. I love seeing female friendships. This drama is so good. I used to beg for a season two and I still haven’t watched it. I have watched the Chinese version which I also loveeeee. Yup. Yup.


Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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