Drama Review: My Love from Another Star (2013)

…everything together and impact the central love story, but for now they’re just hovering motionless on the edge of things, taking up time without giving any rewards. • Episode 9. Finally, the episode I’ve been waiting for. For a long time this drama has felt as if it was spinning its wheels. But at last all the many storylines are starting to meet up, and there was progress on most of them. We know more about Song Yi’s childhood and Min Joon’s…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…cts it to be reciprocated. But he says it anyway, just because it’s true. He doesn’t calculate—he just feels. • Episode 10. Autumn in My Heart gave us the piggyback of death, and now this show has given us the piggyback of Ratatouille-style red sauce. I know which I’d prefer. • Episode 12. Just when I was going to forgive Sweet Potato after he apologized for being a jerk at the end of the last episode, he goes and does something even jerkier. T…

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Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…ell, silly me for thinking Miss Korea was that kind of show. Instead, he presented her with a comfy-looking pair of loafers that are understated and delicate, not pink and silly. They’re a perfect fit with her wardrobe, and just the kind of gift someone who really knew her would buy. Forget the lead couple—I ship brains and brawn. Episode 16 —I love that this drama didn’t save the Miss Korea pageant for the last episode. So many shows never mov…

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Substantial: Subbers on Secret Love Affair and the craft of subbing

…l manager to do approximate translation edits. For this drama, I refrain from changing subs that get at the gist of the dialogue and only edit subs that are outright incorrect. Doing so saves time and my sanity. However, it’s not my preferred mode of operation. The last drama I translation edited with great care was Two Weeks, and each episode took anywhere between 6 to 12 hours to edit. —Have you ever worked on subtitles for a show you didn’t li…

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Drama Review: Majo no Jouken (1999)

…it might have been. If you can make it past the significant ick factor, this series is a real treat. It’s full of over-the-top melodrama and grand romantic gestures, making it a close cousin to the Korean dramas of the early 2000s. (There’s even an episode set in the countryside that could have been torn right from the Autumn in My Heart script.) Michi and Hikaru fall slowly and sweetly in love as outcasts at school, and spend the rest of the…

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