Genre: Comedy, Romance Origin: China Episodes: 26 Air-date: Sep 4, 2020 – Sep 10, 2020 Starring: Daddi Tang as Xu Jia Xu, Sun Qian as Lu Jia, Wang You Jun as Ye Ang Yang
I think it’s pretty obvious how I operate by now.. If I like you, I obsessively watch everything that you’re in until I have watched it all. I really really really like Sun Qian y’all.. I think she is so natural in her acting, gorgeous to boot and so damn funny. I am rooting for you in that actor variety queen! The first scene I saw by you was excellent!
Now onto the drama… Guys listen… This drama was cute to boot. I love dramas that make me feel warm inside with a strong sense of family and mature adults who can communicate to work through their issues. When I started this drama it reminded me of My Love Enlighten Me because of the way the episodes were structured as well as the overall vibe. I enjoyed this plot a lot even though it certainly wasn’t what I initially had expected it to be. I went into this expecting more of romance, but left with a story of a group of young people working hard to achieve their dreams and sorting through the missed connections that they had. By the time the company went on their field trip, I felt like it was my company retreat! Hahah.
I enjoyed Sun Qian’s portrayal of Lu Jia so much and like in all honesty, this girl does not miss! Lu Jia was bold, sweet and a girl after my own heart. I loved that she stood with her principles and knew what she wanted. I also really liked Xu Jia Xu because he wasn’t a broody male lead, even if he was a little petty. I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t have this huge misunderstanding of a breakup, and that they squashed all their misunderstandings or fights as a couple within the same episode or in the following episode. I also enjoyed the supporting characters a lot and Janice was the woman that I thought I would be when in college dreaming about my career. Hahah. I am glad that her and Ang Yang obviously got together in the end cause duh.
The only reason this drama didn’t get a higher rating from me is because I wished we had more solidly romantic moments. I also swayed a little at the end because I thought that Song Juxi and Jia would have made a good couple. SUE ME. IDC. Hahah. I still would recommend this for people to watch! I definitely enjoyed it.
I’m a proud ABNEW and to say I was shocked (again) that they were releasing something so soon after the line up change is an understatement. But I’m actually happy to see how they will move forward as a group sound wise.
SALUTE – Title Track
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I am a straight sucker for some marching band sounds. I’m a drumline hoe and AB6IX fed into that with this. I am in LOVE with it. The sound is so strong and the concept falls right into that. So many things about this song is different from the AB6IX we knew. Having Daehwi stepping up and taking some rapping parts was a surprising choice but it fit. He doesn’t seem like the logical choice but I was feeling his KoreanLish mix. What had me in my feels immediately was Woojin’s off beat rapping. My brain tells me this doesn’t work but it actually does. As for the music video, I’m in love. The whole Drumline and fencing was a perfect choice for concept and I will forever talk about it. And where can I get some of these outfits cause… fierce.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
The more I listen to this song, I don’t dislike it. Feels a bit like a basic boy group pop song but by the time you get to the first chorus, it kind of changes. It doesn’t hit as hard as SALUTE but I can appreciate her.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
I’m sure this is a great song, at the end of the album. Or at the end of a concert. It’s very phone flashlight in the air kind of vibe. But it felt weird to hear it smacked in the middle of the album. Kind of took me out the mood the first two songs gave me. I really feel like this is a song to highlight Woong and Daehwi as vocalists.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
You know by now I will love a song with a retro R&B vibe and this one has a slight one. The instrumentals feel a bit jazzy but has a nice up beat to it. I like a lot.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I want to say this reminds me of The Boyz, but I think that’s cause of the title. But it does sound like this song could be the cousin to one of theirs. It’s a little typical from AB6IX but I like the whole dance club vibe it has. And whistle songs are in lately so… it’s okay.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
When I first heard the piano in the intro, I thought it was a Christmas song. It’s a nice ballad and I like that it’s wrapping up the mini. But yeah… I won’t get it out of my head that this is a Christmas song.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I need Daehwi to always have this hair. Something about it elevates his visual status. Honestly, I am just floored.
Honestly, I ain’t mad at it. I really like the direction that they went with this. It felt different that their last EP. Not every song is a banger and memorable but on a whole, it didn’t disappoint. There isn’t much I can say because I didn’t really feel the loss of a member like I was anticipating. Woojin and Daehwi picked up the slack nicely and I honestly didn’t feel like it was empty. Good job, boys.
Seems like this has become bi-monthly occurrence for us but the most important thing is TRUMP LOST!!! Also, it’s November so that means it’s now LAZY’s birthday month. LETS TURN UP!
Sugar Baby Unnie
I think at this point it is better to list the dramas I am NOT watching? To not make my section be long as fuck, I will pick a few… Lmfaoo… PLEASE SEND HELP. BUT REALLY.
More Than Friends: I need to play catch up, but like ummm??? I love Ong Seongwu? I really don’t care.. He is the baest bae that ever baed and even though his character is a lot annoying here, I will still simp.
Tale of the Nine-Tailed: When I started this I swore that I would be more into Lee Dong Wook, but the way Kim Bum’s Lee Rang has me by my neck? Sir… I apologize for ever doubting you. I hope we get a nice tragic ending heheh.
Birthcare Center: The first episode was quite something lol Listen, I am here for this whatever it is. I am intrigued to see how things go.
Qing Qing Zi Jin: Viki took forever to finish up the subs and now we’re in the long haul, looking to wrap this one up this month. I think this is a little underrated. We shall see how the last half goes.
Begin Again: I was waiting a lifetime for this drama to bless us!! Of course, MGTV is being stingy with the subs and even though I appreciate the fans subs, this drama is one that has so many innuendos within the script that the official subs are better. This will be a slow watch folks. Gong Jun and Zhou Yu Tong are killing itttt.
The Legend of Xiao Chuo: Yes, I had to start it. Ugh I am weak ppl. So like yanno ten years time before I wrap up this one.
ITS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT! But really, what I want is to just stay in bed and watch TV. I am already watching a bunch of Asian shows but then I went and binged the second season of Umbrella Academy. I LOVE BEN SO MUCH. Anyway… see what I got going on.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol – I know this show is corny as hell but I’m so invested in these people. Still don’t like Go Ara but I really am feeling the secrets being unfolded.
Start-Up – This is another show where I’m not crazy about the female lead but damn I’m hooked. And the reason is Kim Seon Ho. Everything about him is amazing in this and I can’t wait to see how it turns out for him.
Hello Again – I’m torn with this one because at first, I loved the concept of enemies to lovers. But where I am in the show makes me want to drop it because the male lead is just a man child and I wanna slap him. But I’m 11 out of 16 episodes so I will push forward and drag it in a review.
Tale of the Nine Tailed – The plan wasn’t to watch this since Sugar Baby claimed it but I couldn’t stay away from Lee Dong Wook and add Kibum in that, MY BODY IS CALLIN! In the end, I’m enjoying this very much, even with the creepy parts. Ghost kids… not cool.
Encounter – Because I was in such a Park Bo Gum binge, I started this. I like it… so far but I can see that miss Song is going to work my nerves rather quickly.
Running Man – In the middle of all the dramas, I’m trying to also get caught up with mah show. I think I left off with the Zico episode.
What’s On Deck?
Kingdom – I still haven’t watched this and I really need to get it done THIS month.
Lost Romance – I saw a soompi article about why I should watch this Taiwanese drama. I guess because I’ve been into them, I wanna give this a chance. I really like the k-drama references this has going in it.
18 Again – This is still on deck because I haven’t found a place that has the episodes subbed. I WILL watch this soon.
Gonna be honest, I wasn’t ready when MONSTA X announced they were coming back with their 3rd full album. I was still in my Fantasia feels and now… ATTACKED!
Love Killa- Title Track
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Got Room For One More… YES I.M! We have been blessed with this title track. There is so much going on with this deep bounce of a track. Everything from Joohoney and I.M’s delicious raps to the magnetic high notes from Kihyun. There are songs you can just listen to and almost feel like you can visualize them, that is this song. Without watching the MV this song is sexy and strong. But the MV tho…. SEXY in a grown way. This track got me forgetting all about Follow and Fantastia.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Daddy Yankee who? JK JK! But this song is definitely in that reggaetón house and I really love this for MX. Again, the augmentation of some voices kill it for me, but it’s Kihyun and Shownu’s vocals that pull me back in. A solid track.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I am in LOVE with this one. The industrial instrumentals of the verse mixed with the more orchestra chorus is a mood switch but works. This is a definite companion to Love Killa and I find myself singing along with the bridge over and over. Have a mentioned I love Kihyun’s high notes? Cause I freaking do.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
There is a reason why people claim Joohoney and I.M are the top tier of idol rappers. This song highlights them in the beginning with a rap beat but the vocal line come in and soften up the song. My favorite parts have to be the rap tag team and the beat because they get me hype.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Hyungwon’s first writing credit has me in my feels because the song is so good. It’s a haunting EDM influenced track that has a slower vibe that reminds me of Destroyer. The autotune I could do without. But other than that, this is a straight banger.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
When they said that Eric Nam was helping out on a song, this is not what I expected. This is a hard hitting track that really gets you amp. It really shows what MONSTA X does best. The track is aggressive but Shownu’s falsetto makes it sweet in places. This def makes me want to work out or something.
대동단결 (Stand Together)
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Initially, this sounds like two separate songs. The trap-pop chorus and rap verses that come so hard. This may be one of my favorite rapline verses. But when vocal line comes in it turns into a trap-R&B song. I’m not hating it, but it does feel a little jarring at times. What I don’t like is the abrupt ending. I felt like I was waiting for more that didn’t come.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
An ethereal house track switches up the vibe of the album and transitions us into slower tracks. I really like this because it feels kinda like it would fit on their English album. A chill song fitting for some lounge times.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
I surprisingly love this song. A more R&B one for MX who I don’t really think of when I think of groovy ass shaking songs, but here we are. I think Hyungwon’s voice really stands out in songs like this, his tone is the right pitch for it. I would def give it some replays.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Honestly, I was expecting something more sexier when I saw Jooyoung wrote this. It’s a bit of a snooze. It isn’t bad but it isn’t one I would remember.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I am a sucker for a grown man concept. And it seems like Hyungwon, Kihyun and surprisingly I.M are my weakness this comeback. From the outfits to the choreo, I’m in love. Watch it on a 4K tv, I dare you.
I didn’t know what to expect from this release because I will admit that Fantasia and Follow were not it. But I think with this, we have gotten a more mature MONSTA X and elevated version of the boys we’ve fallen in love with over the years. You can tell that all the members have started to prefect their crafts in a way that seems natural for them. With the ups and downs, the hiatuses and drama, MONSTA X as a whole as come out better. Musically, this is gonna be one of my favorite full albums from them. Love Killa is probably one of my favorite title tracks from them since Shoot Out (sorry Alligator). Then you have Hyungwon’s first credited track just out there killing it. Honestly, it is making me fall in love with it like I fell in love with Destroyer. At the end of the day, I’m proud of my boys and their art, because that’s what this is, A-R-T!
Us FIX’s have waited 4 months for Bae Jinyoung to heal from his ankle injury for this EP. It was all ready to go and CIX said if one down, we all down. Now let me see if this was worth the agonizing wait.
Jungle – Title Track
Rating: 4 out of 5.
This is a song we have waiting MONTHS for. And I’m in love with it. Its haunting beginning keeps with the whole song but it has levels if that makes sense. The song could easily be one note but Hyunsuk, Seunghun and Yonghee are killing it vocally. I just love this and there is not much I can say about it. THE MV THO! They came to attack me.
When I hear the title, I’m expecting it to make me want to dance. CIX achieved that. This dance track with a more hip-hop verse is the kind of song that makes you want to ride the beat. I’m not a fan of the drop in the chorus but the rap verses make up for it. Decent song.
The beginning of this song with the electric organ puts me in one headspace but the beat quickly turns into a fast paced club dance track, and I’m here for it. The vocals fall a little flat for me but the addicting hook of “Change meeee” catchy as hell. I feel like it took a while for the rap to come in but when it did, it elevated the song to a nicer place. Thank you BX.
This is exactly what the title suggests. They switched it up with this Caribbean feel song. Even though tropical and everyone and their mama does a tropical song, this feels different. I’m in love with the chorus and the song is just a whole vibe.
I’m not sure how I feel about Rebel. I don’t hate it but it feels the most different from the other songs. Yes, it’s a dance song. But it just haves a different vibe from the other tracks. It feels in the same wheelhouse of a Top 40 song. Very Gaga.
The more I listen to this mini, it makes me realize that CIX is one of the better groups to come out during Gen 4. They just seem like a group I can count on to deliver a solid release. These songs didn’t wow me the say way Chapter 2 did, however, it felt like the break that the group took while Jinyoung healed, was what the group needed to come back and kill it. C9 definitely does the boys favors by giving them the right producers to work with and each have the talent to take on the task.
Now: THE REPLAY VALUE OF THIS BANGER????? ITS SO GOOD????? JENNIE YOUR MIND????
SF9 – Shine Together
Initial: Aww how cute. Its songs like these that make the kpoppies think they’re entitled to be these boy’s everything lmfao
Golden Child – Pump It Up
Initial: There’s a sample here that I can’t quite place as yet, but ugh this is it yall. I love boy group songs like this! The video is as vibrant and fun as the song. Added to the playlist!
Now: I WANT YOU BACK – JACKSON 5
WEKI MEKI – COOL
Initial: The production here is EVERYTHING!!! oh my god. This sounds so good, I love all the changes and the tones. We’re stanning. I be the choreo slaps too.
Now: Choreo did not slap like I thought it would, but song has grown on me so much so small wins.
PENTAGON – Daisy
Initial: In a shocking turn of events, I enjoy this broody boy group song lmfao. Its giving BTOB “I’ll be your man” tease and I am eating it up. Ooops.
Now: Yeah…. I love it yall? I’ve been giving it plays. Leave me alone.
NCT 2020 – Make A Wish
Initial: Lucas is so fine.
Now: So this isn’t all 900 members? Honestly I really dont give a fuck either way.
VERIVERY – G.B.T.B
Initial: I got excited at the beginning because I thought we were getting a kind of ‘Scream’ vibe, but no. Sighs. I mean it’s fine, the chorus is very weak.
Now: I hate this more now.
Weeekly – Zig Zag
Initial: Post chorus is my favorite part by far. I think Tag Me was way better.
Now: Justice for Tag Me’s follow-up song cause this aint it.
SEVENTEEN – Home; Run
Initial: SEVENTEEN may always be plagiarizing their beats, but listen.. I can’t make the stolen songs not bop. Sorry not sorry. It’s a bop almost always.
Now: Might have to stan SEVENTEEN and that is terrifying.
LOONA – Why Not
Initial: I had no expectations for this cause I had decided full group Loona just doesn’t slap as hard, but wow.. I like this? A lot? A whole lot actually. Like what??! YALL HELP.
Now: It earwormed it’s way into my heart lmfao…
B1A4 – Like A Movie
Initial: I thought without Jinyoung that it was disbandment, but I guess not. This is so cute and such a nice sound. Aww it brings me back tbh.
Now: Gah this is so nice.
Mamamoo – Dingga
Initial: When will they go back to making good music? Also the title one step away from calling me the n word. Not with the shits.
Now: Bring back good music you dumb bitches. We hate this shit.
D.Crunch – Across The Universe
Initial: Generic post-2019 boy group music. EDM noise. Not too bad. Not too good.
Cravity – Ohh Ahh
Initial: Apparently a bside from their album, I didn’t remember the actual title track so I went back for a listen and yup this is better.
Now: Nice enough to enjoy tbh
TXT – Blue Hour
Initial: Believe it or not, Can’t You See Me is probs one of my favorite boy group tracks this year. I always randomly start singing it. Damn did they dip into BTS’ autotune studio? The instrumental is nice, but their voices sound terribly irritating to me.
Now: #GIVEBTSBACKTHEAUTOTUNER FREE YOURSELF BOYS
TWICE – I Can’t Stop Me
Initial: IDK about the MV, but I love the songgggg. Omg a redemption from More & More!! Bringing us the 80s and we love it!!!
Now: This song is quickly becoming a top TWICE song.. Might have to kick Signal out of my #1
CIX – Jungle
Initial: CIX NEVER MISSES. THIS IS SO GOOD. JUST MY TASTE. MY STYLE. EVERYTHING. I LOVE IT.
Now: It’s been on repeat yanno. CIX y’all are THOSE boys.
New Kidz On The Block
Wei – Twilight
South Korean boy group under OUI Entertainment. The lineup consists of six members: Daehyeon, Donghan, Yongha, Yohan, Seokhwa, and Junseo. Another group made up of former Produce and 1theK members so I’m sure they have a decent following.
Initial: A nice safe, decent and forgettable debut.
Now: Already forgot it.
WJSN CHOCOME – HMPH!
A sub-unit of the group WJSN/Cosmic Girls with members Luda, Soobin, Dayoung and Yeoreum. I am not quite certain how they decided on who should be in it, but Dayoung is a part of bias line so I am not complaining.. Hehehe
Initial: They saw the orange caramel sized hole left in the KPOP universe and said “hold my beer”. I love it! So refreshing in the year 2020. I hope they stick to it.
Now: I find the MV so cute and the song so nostalgic of my older KPOP daysl.
Refund Sisters – Don’t Touch Me
A project girl group formed by “How Do You Play?” variety show with members Lee Chun Ok (Lee Hyori), Jessi, Kelly (Uhm Jung Hwa), and Hwasa. Think Unnies, but with the “It Girls” or whatever. So stupid.
Initial: Can Hwasa please color in her eyebrows? Her forehead is so damn big. Anyways the song is nice enough.
Now: Actually ages kinda well but you didn’t hear that from me.
Lee Sunhyun – Alien
Sunhyun is from the duo AKMU with her brother under YG Entertainment. It’s actually funny that he debuted her now and not when the brother was in the army, but he must know that with contract expirations coming up, she would be on the first trip out of the hellhole that is YGE. Hopefully, Jennie will follow suit.
Initial: Here’s the thing.. Suhyun’s voice is so good that literally anything would sound amazing. Case and point this basic shit. The MV is so damn good though!!! I LOVE IT.
Now: Such an earworm!! I literally just randomly find myself singing it all the time.
BlackSwan – Tonight
So…. basically Raina the re-up. A 5-member girl group under DR Music consisting of members Hyeme, Youngheun, Leia, Fatou, and Judy. Basically I am rooting for the black girl yet again.
Initial: Well…. It’s a song…??? Fatou is hot.
Now: Fatou is so hot?!!?!?!?!?!?
P1HARMONY – Siren
FNC is back with another boy group. The members are Keeho, Theo, Jiung, Intak, Soul, and Jongseob. I wanna say that one of these members had a controversy on Twitter cause they were like an ex-stan, but I really do not give a fuck so….
Initial: Eh. Nothing new. Same old shit, different boy group.
DRIPPIN – Nostalgia
Hailing from Woolim Entertainment with members Hyeop, Yunseong, Changuk, Dongyun, Minseo, Junho, and Alex. I guess they were former Produce members?? Idk.
Initial: Hehe funk instrumentals. They got me. I like this a lot. It’s so good. FINALLY A GOOD DEBUT SONG.
Now: SO. DAMN. GOOD. I LITERALLY. AM. OBSESSED. WHY THEY ATE? WOOLIM YOU KNOW HOW TO DO BOY GROUPS.
October seems like our largest month yet! (Sugar Baby: SPEAK FOR YOURSELF MY BEST MONTH WAS AUGUST) We went in. That either means we’re dedicated to completing this bingo or we have no lives. You be the judge.
Lazy Unnie’s Card
Who cares about September anyway, October is where its at!
This is the latest album release from Crush since moving over to PSY’s label, P Nation. And this will be the last one in a while because my boy is enlisting in November. So with a heavy heart and open ears, I listen to this.
Let Me Go (with Taeyeon) – Title Track
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The return of the Crush and Taeyeon collab! Don’t Forget is one of my favorite tracks from Crush and it really made me fall in love with Taeyeon as a soloists. Hearing that the lead track for this special EP had me excited. And I was not disappointed. The song immediately gives off some Stevie Wonder vibes with the piano and Crush’s soft tone. Taeyeon’s higher tone balances nice and by the second pre-chorus when they sing together, I’m in love. Even though this song is about a goodbye, it feels like like the perfect hello for the album.
To say I’m in love Lee Hi’s voice is an understatement. She can sing me the constitution and I would be enthralled. Adding that with the 90’s R&B music and a rapping Crush, this is a serious bop. The song talks about two people going for a hook-up basically. It definitely got me in that Real Love Mary J headspace.
I was a little surprised at the combination of this one. But it quickly turned into a pleasant one when Lee Sora’s jazzy melodic voice comes in on the track. Crush giving his best falsetto and the almost 1950’s lounge club music is a great combination. It’s not a song I would listen to on repeat, but it’s a nice palette cleanser.
It is no secret I am in love with Tasha (Yoonmirae). And of course these two would make a bedroom song. This is another song about two people who are felling each other and they just want to come together, step by step, and get down. It reminds me of Tip Toe in the sense that they are both 90’s R&B vibes but this is more of a Jodeci, let me make love to you, message. Definitely a constant repeat. Because when these two are soulful, it’s magic.
BOY THIS NASTY!!! In the best way. Here you got Crush being this adorkable person who’s in love with his dog. But on this track him and BIBI I was SHOOK! Tip Toe and Step By Step were just the precursors to this more hip hop track. Rapping Crush mixed with BIBI’s dreamy tone is the perfect combination. The moment that first Fuck hit my ears, I knew I was in for a ride.
The fact that Crush did a whole album with only female collaborations makes me want to scream WOMEN RIGHTS! Each track was better than the previous one and honestly, it just made me wish this had more tracks. It had the charm that his last album just didn’t have. So much, I almost forgot he did an album last year. Each song didn’t feel like a feature. It felt as if Crush and his co-star were a duo and this was just their song. Each featuring artists brought what they do best to the track and it just felt extremely special. Now I’m just even sadder that this will be it for at least 18 months. BE WELL AND STAY HEALTHY SHIN HYOSEOB!!!
Genre: Horror, Thriller Origin: Thailand Episodes: 8 Air-date: Jul 12, 2020 – Aug 30, 2020 Starring: Ticha Wongtipkanon as Praewa, Pure Purewarin Kosiriwalanoni as Linlin, Mark Siwat Jumlongkul as Dan, Nene Pornnappan Pornpenpipat as Aya, Fluke Pongsapat Kankam as Brave
JUSTICE FOR MY GIRL PRAEWA!!!!!!!!!
You know I couldn’t end Spooky month without something spooky. Since I have done a Korean, Japanese and Chinese drama already for this month, I figured I would round it out with a Thai drama. I stumbled upon this drama about two months ago, but at the time there weren’t full subs. On a whim I decided to check in again and we were blessed. Now, I I just need to start this off by saying, JUSTICE FOR PRAEWA!!!! My girl didn’t do anything wrong ever in her life. She deserves everything and should’ve gotten a happy ending. Fuck everybody else. PERIOD.
This drama was actually pretty enjoyable and very well acted for a relatively green cast. I loved the creepy elements and wished we got a lot more gore. The story was very simple to follow and even the twist in the end was seen from miles away. I really enjoyed watching Ticha’s transformation from being a meek, slightly weird girl to this venomous demon hellbent on revenge. Personally, I would have killed Brave first and foremost, but I understood the choice to have him be later because of the whole mystery behind the girl in the video. The story in truth really did a great job of connecting the dots and every person she took revenge on was involved in someway except for probably Khaimook.
So there seems to be quite the controversy saying that this drama involved a lot of queerbaiting because the trailer showed the BL scene. In context, I don’t think there was any? However, it is not my place entirely to say so. The kiss and sex scene was forced upon the guys as they have said multiple times that they were straight AND because of the black magic. Like the characters themselves were queerbaiting within the show kinda?
Overall, thoroughly enjoyable show. I would rewatch it. I justice think that Praew deserved so much better. JUSTICE FOR PRAEWA! I recommend if you’re into dark magic and revenge stories.
Starring: Park Bo Gum | Park So Dam | Byeon Woo Seok
Episodes: 16 (1 Hr. 15 Min.)
Aired: September 7 – October 27, 2020
Where to Watch: Netflix
There are times when I watch and finish a show and wonder what made me obsessed. That is the feelings I get when I think about Record of Youth. I started this when the show was already more than half way through airing. The weekend I started, I basically got no sleep because I just stayed up and watched episode after episode. And every Monday since, I was itching like a crack head waiting for their next fix. But why is the question?
On the surface, this show is hella boring. Not boring in the sense that oh my god, kill me now. But boring in the fact that this is truly just a slice of life drama about this dude, Sa Hye Jun, who is hella handsome and a model but wants to catch his big break and become a successful actor. He has half of his family is supporting his dreams, while the other is pressuring him to take his mandatory Military leave. Thinking this is his last chance, he puts all his eggs into one basket and moves agencies and goes for it. Now enter Ahn Jeong Ha. New makeup artist and OG fangirl of Sa Hye Jun when he was still a model. She is someone who loves stability and is starting a new dream. Both characters are on the cusp of turning points in their lives when their paths cross. Along with these two, there is Sa Hye Hun’s best friend and colleague, Won Hye Hyo. Hye Hyo is from a rich family and wants for nothing. He thinks that he is going along his career on his merits alone, but he has the support (sometimes too much) of his overbearing mother. The show is long snapshot into the lives of these people who are at that weird place in their lives. No longer children but on the edge of real life adulthood.
Now if I said this show was boring, why was I so enthralled with it? There were aspects of it that I absolutely loved. The realism of the industry from scandals and shady reporters to sponsorships and suicide. The character and storyline of Charlie Jung in particular had me shook from episode two. He was a gay fashion designer that was in love with Sa Hye Jun and basically offered him money to further his career in turn for some “time”. I won’t say how that turned out but the way the show dealt with it felt tasteful and didn’t really feel like a ploy. The realism came through.
Another thing I really loved was the relationships in the show. Either it be between Hye Jun and Jeong Ha, Hye Jun’s family or Hye Jun and his friends. All of it felt natural. Hye Jun and Jeong Ha’s whole relationship wasn’t outrageous and cliché. They hung out, supported each other, watched TV. I loved it. And their kisses… WHEW! It felt pleasurable to watch them fall in love. The only thing that didn’t feel that natural was the “forced” love triangle between Hye Jun, Jeong Ha and Hye Hyo. Yeah, it happens that you some times get some feelings for your friend’s girl, but YOU SHOULDN’T! It kind of felt out of character for it to happen in the first place for Hye Hyo but I’m glad that the outcome wasn’t a cliché one.
Speaking of the trails and tribulations of the show. There were a lot of times when I wanted to fight a character for messing with Hye Jun or causing drama in his life. But by the end of the show, things felt like they were resolved in a nice way. EXCEPT THE DAMN LOVE STORY! YES! By episode 12, I knew things weren’t looking like a happy ending but I had faith that things would be better. In the grand scheme of things, yes, there was a happy ending. But not the one I expected. I wanted happy times, marriage and babies and the world being okay with Sa Hye Jun being in a relationship with Jeong Ha. But this being a show that showed more realism, not every couple you root for gets the happy ending in the way you expect or want. So can I be mad? Yes. But should I be mad? Not really.
In the end, this show made me realize that I can be in love with boring shows. Also, it’s okay to smile during the day and around people but at night, just cry. Now let me go cry my eyes out and keep fangirling over Park Bo Gum so one day we can have a meet cute and fall in love. Or Park Seo Joon, whoever.
Acting : 9/10 Story : 8/10 Music : 10/10 Overall : 8/10 Recommended For : Fangirls and people who like the entertainment industry