November was a fantastic month for kdramas for me! I got in 4 dramas that were each fun in their own way. It was the slick melodrama Graceful Family, the fun historical Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency, the sci-fi romantic comedy Melting Me Softly, and the action thriller Vagabond that took up my time this month:
Graceful Family is an interesting melodrama with a murder mystery and a family power battle. I enjoyed our leads of Im Soo Hyang and Lee Jang Woo who both had good individual stories as well as our cold and calculating villain played by Bae Jung Ok.
I did feel like the TOP management group took up a bit too much screen time and many of the characters weren’t very likable. I didn’t get very emotionally attached to this drama, but there was some juicy family stuff and bombshell secrets waiting to be revealed. Overall, the script, production, and acting were all excellent to make for a well done investigative/revenge melo. (Graceful Family Review)
Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency
Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency was a great drama overall. It starts out pretty light with a lot of fun surrounding the Flower Crew. Nothing like a group of handsome men matchmaking to keep things interesting. It gets more serious as it progresses as the stakes for everyone become very high.
Even though I didn’t love the direction the love triangle went, I liked the mixture of humor and serious and thought the pacing was good all the way through which is something I always appreciate. The story was solid and the characters were both interesting and entertaining. All in all, it was a very fun watch. (Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Review)
Melting Me Softly
Melting Me Softly was such a fun drama for me. I got hooked quickly and enjoyed it all the way through. It leans heavily leans towards the romantic comedy side with a dash of sci-fi surrounding the frozen experiment our main couple undergoes. The comedy is quite silly and over-the-top, but it worked for me.
Not everything makes logical sense and there is just a basic problem to solve regarding our couple being frozen and a straight forward villain looking to cause trouble. This part of the story isn’t particularly hard hitting, but it adds in a nice back drop for the romance and the comedy.
Melting Me Softly was just a wonderful watch. The sci-fi concept was interesting, and I loved all of the characters who made me laugh quite a lot. I also thoroughly enjoyed the sweet romance that blossomed into such a caring and nurturing relationship. Both Ji Chang Wook and Won Jin Ah were wonderful individually and a s a couple. (Melting Me Softly Review)
Vagabond was a fantastic drama that was jam-packed with action, intrigue, and life and death stakes. If you just go with the flow, it’s a wild ride. It had a great story with many talented actors.
Lee Seung Gi and Suzy’s long-awaited reunion was also wonderful to watch. It was great to have this duo back together again. Shin Sung Rok was very underutilized in this drama, but I still enjoyed getting to see him.
Vagabond was a fun drama on so many levels. The thrills just keep coming thanks to a great pace, intriguing corruption mystery, and consistent plot developments. The characters are interesting and sympathetic as well as being very entertaining. Action dramas of this quality and scale don’t come around very often, and it was definitely a treat to see. (Vagabond Review)
So how was November for you?
Happy drama watching to everyone!
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These are the dramas I completed in November:
Empress Ki – probably not historically accurate, but so engaging!
Vagabond – my guilty kdrama pleasure of 2019
My Country – the best bromance of 2019. Magnificent acting, but there were some flaws in the writing. Still an impressive drama with great directing and production design.
I am currently watching Time Between Dog and Wolf while waiting for episodes of Tale of Nokdu to become available. Both dramas are very good so far.
Oooh, you had a good month too 🙂 You know I loved Empress Ki as it’s my favorite historical ever. Also thoroughly enjoyed Vagabond, and I’ll wrap up My Country tomorrow which has also been a great watch. I plan to check out Tale of Nokdu soon too.
Time Between Dog and Wolf!!! That’s an old favorite of mine. One of Lee Joon Gi’s best performances (and there are many, hehe). I love old school action dramas like that. It was such a fun ride! Hope you enjoy 🙂
I finished Vagabond, Joseon Marriage Agency this month. Not as many as I would like to have but I enjoyed both. Joseon marriage was unexpectedly very enjoyable. 🙂
I am currently watching Melo is My Nature – so unexpectedly funny and an old one called Second 20s.
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Well, it’s quality not quantity, hehe 😉 Glad you enjoyed them both. They were both really great, and I too was surprised by how much I ended up liking Flower Crew 🙂
I’ll need to get your input on Melo is My Nature. I know it was really popular, but it didn’t really grab me because it looks really simple and slice of life. You know I’m super hit or miss with those. Does it have some angst and good pacing or is it more laid back like Romance is a Bonus Book?
It does have some angst and I think the pacing is good. I am invested in each of the women’s story lines. But I find it super funny too. But it may be a little slow at times too.
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Sounds like an interesting mix. I’ll probably just have to try it and see. It will likely come down to whether or not I find it too slow.
yes absolutely. Just try one or two episode and see how you go. 🙂
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Thank you! 🙂
I saw all the same ones you did! I also watched Extra-ordinary You, Tale of Nokdu, and I’m finishing When the Camellia Blooms today all of which I loved. It’s been a great Kdrama month 🙂
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You had a busy month! And it does sound like a really great one since you liked most of the dramas quite a bit 🙂 I just started Extraordinary You and so far so good 🙂
So what’s the tone of When the Camellia Blooms like? I’m trying to avoid anything to slice of life or slow. That one looked like it could lean that way, but I was kind of interested in it.
Thankfully November for me was very productive. ❤
These are the dramas I finished from rated from least to best:
LET ME HEAR YOUR SONG (6/10) – So sad that I could only give it 6, despite loving Yeon Woo jin so so much. For me the drama plot is so draggy and it bothered me that almost whole of the 16 episodes focused majorly on that recurring crime scene flashbacks, trying to sound it mysterious. Unfortunately it didn't help me get engaged. And Kim Se Jong's acting is for me so ineffective. Was it because the character didn't fit her? Hmmm…
ABYSS (6.5) – Thankfully it didn't let me get down and get lost in the drama, despite the very unrealistic theme. I also just love Park Bo Young, that maybe one bias reason I did finish the drama. At first I did not like Ahn Hyo Seop's acting, but I just got used to it on the way. I just also have to comment that there are many unclear and unresolved questions in my mind regarding the story flow, that I also thought it were loopholes. -_-
HER PRIVATE LIFE (7) – A so-fan of Park Min Young, but I did NOT like Kim Jae Wook (saaaad 😦 ). Might be because I was having a second-lead syndrome to Nam Eun Gi (he's so cute there).
For the drama itself, the theme focusing on the idol-fan relationship was such a very fresh idea. It's very good, it's just that I could quite relate to it. Hmm, it was still a nice drama. And what I really like about it is that there were not many villains and angst in it (or very major conflict), so you just have to enjoy what were on the plate. 🙂
KINGDOM (8.5/10) – So finally I was able to find the right mood for me to watch (and finish this).
Such a very engaging and fantastic drama, with a lot of gory gorgeous scenes. I got scared, almost screamed, got impressed by the acting, and got fascinated by the thrill it gave me.
And so I am very much ready for the part 2. 🙂 🙂
HOTEL DEL LUNA (9/10) – Another drama from our very own IU, with blast of powerful acting of Yeo Jin Goo. The pairing is perfect! I so love them. Watching Hotel Del Luna made me remind of Goblin (8.5) and Hwayugi (8) with quite beautiful twists. I just really love the ghost stories, don't know why, hehehe. IU's character as Jang Man Weol is one of my favorite characters so far. And there were too many beautiful scary, funny and romantic moments I'd wish to rewatch! 🙂
Here's to waiting to more of IU's face onscreen.
So that was it!
November was the month of my faves and biases. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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You did have a productive month! And it’s always fun to get enjoy dramas with your faves 🙂
I loved Her Private Life (love Park Min Young!) and Hotel Del Luna (love both Yeo Jin Goo and IU). Kingdom was also a good watch. Not a favorite genre of mine, but it was still enjoyable and I’ll be watching the second season. Abyss was had lots of problems was also fun enough for me. I still need to check out Let Me Hear Your Song.
Let’s hope your December is even better than your November! 🙂