Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…Potato acts like himself and is genuine but low-key about his feelings—like during the restaurant scene in this episode—I love him with Shing Shing. But the instant everyone is sober, he turns into a blustery, posturing jerk in the style of Kim Tan from Heirs. Why so macho, drama men? Did my boyfriend Enrique teach you nothing? • Episode 7. I know we’ve mostly seen her through Sweet Potato’s biased eyes, but young Shing Shing seemed so much mor…

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

…an just words; it’s an entire worldview that shapes how we see everything around us. And translating Korean into English is more than simply recording the things people say—it’s understanding the character’s essential meaning and capturing that meaning in words that weren’t necessarily created to express it. Thanks to my current mania for Secret Love Affair, my appreciation for subtitles has become even more intense. I’ve been watching each epis…

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Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…e cash on the side? [Finale note: Utterly unexplained. Well, unless season 2 is in the works: Breaking Queen.] Episode 12 —This episode includes what might just be the most egregious example of Dramafever taking liberties with the original wording of the shows they sub. One character just said to another: “I don’t understand your English.” Call me crazy, but I think even we Americans are clever enough to figure out that the people on this show…

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Drama Review: Majo no Jouken (1999)

…lly, not an enemy. (Or super duper dead.) It’s refreshing to watch Michi’s mom struggle so hard on behalf of her daughter’s happiness, even at the expense of her own. This time around, it’s the dad that’s a massive jerk who’s more interested in his job than his child’s feelings. • Episode 9. Let’s make a deal, Japan. Once you’ve impregnated someone, how about you get to call them by their name? Because this “Sensei, mother of my child” thing is…

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Secret Love Affair: Winding to a close

“All good things must come to an end” is one of the cruelest—and most accurate—expressions in the English language. Unfortunately, it definitely applies to Secret Love Affair. The ending is creeping ever closer, although there is some controversy about just when it might happen. Most English-language database sites say SLA will be twenty episodes long. But then again, they also say that the series Yoo Na’s Street will start airing in…

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