Korean Drama Update for October 2018

Thirty But Seventeen Korean Drama - Yang Se Jong and Shin Hye Sun

Wow! October sure was a fantastic drama month for me. I got in a heartwarming and beautiful romantic comedy, an epic historical, a wonderful legal drama, and a nice time travel romance. So it was four new dramas for October:

Thirty But Seventeen Korean Drama - Yang Se Jong and Shin Hye SunThirty But Seventeen

Thirty But Seventeen is such an endearing, funny, and heartwarming drama! It’s fairly simple, but it’s a story of healing that delivers so much emotion and heart in the best kind of way. It’s the definition of a feel good drama.

It’s primarily a story of character journeys about people dealing with the aftermath of tragedy. Seo Ri copes with building a life after losing so much time and everyone she loved while Woo Jin suffers from extreme guilt and traumatic memories. My heart broke for them. But it was simply amazing watching them grow and heal.

Yang Se Jong and Shin Hye Sun are such a sweet couple that cares for each other very deeply. Their relationship is supportive, endearing, and so sweet. And the supporting cast is filled with fun and quirky characters. Thirty But Seventeen is a wonderful mixture of good story, humor, and heartfelt moments. It’s pretty much what I want from a romantic comedy. What a fantastic and beautiful drama! (Thirty But Seventeen Review)

Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine was a highly anticipated drama because of its writer/PD combo, and it really delivered on many levels. Mr. Sunshine featured breathtaking cinematography that highlighted the setting and exquisite costumes to perfectly bring the time period to life along with an incredibly high quality production. And the acting from our main cast is top notch in every way.

The story is plotted well with plenty of stuff always going on. There are personal character journeys, action, romance, and intrigue. The drama does go through some slow spells, and it could have benefited from fewer episodes and tightening up the story. But this is definitely a case where I was so enthralled with the atmosphere and the time period that it  made up for a lot of what the drama lacked.

The scope of the drama definitely feels grand with a story that carries immense weight. It definitely wasn’t perfect and had its flaws, but it’s a story that makes an impact in both an extravagant but also very meaningful way. The story of the Righteous Army is beautiful, inspiring, heartbreaking, and so emotional. It’s a unique drama among historicals, and it really delivers a memorable experience on so many levels. (Mr. Sunshine Review)

Your Honor Korean Drama - Yoon Shi YoonYour Honor

Your Honor was really great on many levels. It had a pretty decent central story to keep me engaged throughout the show along with compelling individual cases and other cases that tied into the main story.

Yoon Shi Yoon’s comedic abilities were on full display, and he was so much fun to watch. But he also delivered an extremely compelling dual performance as two very different twin brothers.

The romance between him and Lee Yoo Young was so sweet and they were all kinds of cute together. It’s hard for legal dramas to really win me over, but this one did. The characters and story were great, and I was never bored. Talk about a very pleasant surprise! (Your Honor Review)

Familiar WifeFamiliar Wife Korean Drama - Ji Sung and Han Ji Min

I have a love for time travel dramas, and Familiar Wife was a nice story for the genre. We have a fantasy angle along with a nice mix of humor and seriousness that included some high stakes for the characters.

Ji Sung and Han Ji Min nicely depicted the struggles of marriage, change, and regret. The characters were very relatable and also enjoyable with such a fun banter between them. The drama’s focus on relationships was executed really well to tie everything together.

Familiar Wife was an entertaining story that nicely highlighted how what one person does can greatly affect another. The drama is both contemplative and fun in a way that made for a thoroughly enjoyable journey. (Familiar Wife Review)


So how was October for you?

Happy drama watching to everyone!

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34 Responses to Korean Drama Update for October 2018

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Honestly? October was very bad for me lol. I haven’t been able to finish even one K-drama 😢 Hopefully the upcoming month things will change a bit. I have only five more episodes to go on Voice…so expect a review for that one, somewhere in the upcoming weeks! 😊😊 You had a good month though! Nice! 😊😊

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  2. MyKDramaticLife says:

    Had finished What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (8.5/10), Lovely Horrilby (8.5/10), Misty (10/10),
    30 But Seventeen (10/10) and Return (6/10). So October for me was such a fun ride towards the Dramaland. I have seen two of the best dramas of the year. 🙂 Unfortunately Life on Mars (7.5/10) couldn’t make it this month. I still have few episodes of it left.

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    • Kay says:

      It does sound like you did have a pretty great month too. Yay for both of us! And you watched quite a few dramas. Plus, it looks like you are already well on your way to start off next month right too when you complete Life on Mars 🙂

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  3. MyKDramaticLife says:

    I am looking forward to Dramas to Look Forward in November. 🙂 However, maybe I won’t be watching dramas too much then because probably and hopefully I’ll be starting to work again. Ahhh, it’s both nice and sad to say. 🙂 😦

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    • Kay says:

      Glad you’re looking forward to it! It’s ready to go for tomorrow 🙂 Ah yes, the mixed blessing of work. We need to work, so that’s good. But it sure does cut into those happy drama hours. Hope you find some decent time to work in all of these great dramas we have coming up 🙂

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  4. Fred says:

    Just seeing the pictures is making me Miss 30 But 17. One of the best and most surprising (expectation-wise) dramas for this month/year. October is a good month. 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, same here. I got all sentimental choosing the pictures for this one as I browsed through my Thirty But Seventeen collection. October really was a good drama month 🙂

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  5. Timescout says:

    I watched… ummm… nothing Korean it seems. 😁

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, well hopefully some good non-Korean shows then?

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      • Timescout says:

        Does Chinese donghua count? 😛 Well, the ones I was watching are on hold, pending subs. No idea when’ll I’ll be able to get back to them. Then I just picked up An Oriental Odyssey last week. It’s pretty standard idol period fantasy but quite watchable, at least for now. Another one that just started airing is Ever Night and I really liked the first two episodes. It looks so pretty! The cinematography is lovely. I also loved the OST. Hopefully it gets subbed somewhere. I don’t mind watching cdramas raw but with some of them you miss out on quite a bit of context when you don’t understand what they are saying. 🙂

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        • Kay says:

          You do have a few things going on then 🙂 Sounds like some good possibilities. I really like pretty dramas. Good cinematography just adds so much to a drama. It’s good you can enjoy watching dramas raw sometimes. I’m still not there with any new dramas. I wouldn’t mind with something like my favorite dramas that I love and pretty much know what’s going on though 🙂

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  6. I didn’t get to ANYTHING really in October… 😭 I feel like I started watching something on Netflix… But, I got so busy, I can’t even remember what it was!! I really want to try Mr. Sunshine, though… Hopefully next month!

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  7. D says:

    Hi Kay,

    October was a good month for me too drama wise. I watched a total of 5 and I enjoyed them all. My favourite ones for the month were Devilish Joy and Rooftop Prince. Both were immensely enjoyable. Loved the main theme songs in both too. Other ones I completed were:
    Sweet Dreams (cdrama)
    Life on Mars – this is such a good drama.
    100 Days My Prince – did not really like the last two episodes though.

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    • Kay says:

      It does sound like you had a good month too! So did you finish Rooftop Prince? How did you end up feeling about the ending? I was just listening to the soundtrack from it a couple days. Loved all of the songs. I just started 100 Days My Prince today. So glad to finally be watching it! And definitely looking forward to Devilish Joy too 🙂

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      • D says:

        Yes – I did finish Rooftop Prince. I’m not sure it’s because I was expecting a really bad ending, but when I actually got to the end, I really didn’t mind it at all. I actually was happy with the ending because it made sense to me. It would not have made sense to me if the prince stayed for whatever reason or came back or whatever. Because from the beginning the show clearly set up the rules and followed those rules to the end. And the final scene, perhaps he did come back or perhaps it was Yong Tae Yong. I’m going to take the approach that it was Yong Tae Yong who stood before her. Because when you think about their first meeting, and hints about how it is the same person reincarnated and how the person remembers their previous lifetime, etc. everything just comes together and makes sense. So yeah happy with the ending for sure. 🙂

        To be honest, I would have been happy too even if it’s ended at episode. That was my favourite episode. Though it was bittersweet, it was so beautifully done.

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        • D says:

          Ended at episode 19 I mean

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        • Kay says:

          I’m glad you ended up being satisfied with it 🙂 I do think it helps being somewhat prepared for an ending in general. But like you, I was quite happy with it. Yeah, it was sad, and I felt terrible for both of them, especially the Prince having to go back. But in this timeline she is meant to be with Tae Yong. And I too like to think he may have had some memories from his past life. So I thought it was bittersweet but beautiful also. A nice way to end an awesome drama 🙂

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          • D says:

            Yep absolutely and the Joseon F4 were really awesome. And I didn’t realise Ho Goo was in it. I first found this actor in Ho Goo’s love and so he will forever be Ho Goo. He was very cute in this drama.

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            • Kay says:

              I loved our Joseon F4! They were too funny. Yes, Ho Goo! Rooftop Prince was the first drama I saw Choi Woo Sik in, and I really liked him. It was a while before I saw him again, but I now I love him to pieces and wish he would get more lead roles 🙂

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  8. snow says:

    I finished long pending Suspicious Partner in October…I found it average…good characters and chemistry. But overall the plot moved slowly and had many illogical elements wrt law and investigation.
    Also started Hundred Million Stars From The Sky.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, dramas are always good at doing weird things with law and investigation elements, lol. I loved Suspicious Partner though. Really looking forward to Hundred Million Stars From the Sky too which I plan to start in a couple weeks 🙂

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  9. Eva says:

    Two words… still seventeen. That was probably the highlight of my October 😊

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