Goodbye, my Love

…as of my brain, bringing me back to my days as a college English major. Being called to think about something so deeply and analyze so many different threads of a story that I was so emotionally engaged in was an exhilarating experience, and one I despair of having again soon. The music. I love the connection Sun Jae and Hye forged through music. Especially in the early episodes, the songs they played felt like a third character in their roma…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…he less savory tropes Kdramas have to offer, including forced kisses and men who always know what’s best for the ladies in their lives. Also regrettable is its latter-day noona romance plot—the female lead may have been chronologically older than her lover, but her absolute ineptitude at everything ever made her seem more like a lost child than an adult capable of personal agency. The real failing of this show is that it takes place in slick, gl…

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Opening numbers

…Coffee Prince features a short intro that isn’t included on either Dramafever or Viki. Set to the cheerful “La, la, la” of one of the soundtrack’s key songs, it shows a boyish Eun Chan drawing at a Coffee Prince-esque patio table. Her sketchbook magically (and inexplicably) becomes a real book, complete with flip-book art. The intro ends with a girlie version of Eun Chan sharing a coffee with Han Gyul. This opening is cute enough, but I can’t sa…

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Drama Review: Majo no Jouken (1999)

…ortunately, she’s actually the only character that doesn’t fare so well in the course of the show. Michi is ever dedicated and kind, but also semi-insane in her improbable naivety. Majo no jouken is a fun, compelling watch and holds up remarkably well for something this old. It’s definitely worth watching, but as far as I’m concerned it’s just not as special as Secret Love Affair. Its story is more traditional and less insightful, and its pro…

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