Meow, the Secret Boy is about a cat (L) that has the ability to change into a human who starts living a double life in order to always stay close to his owner (Shin Ye Eun) who needs to heal from past wounds involving long time feelings for a man (Seo Ji Hoon).
L plays our cat-turned-human Hong Jo. He ends up having to stay with a new owner and gains the ability to change from a cat into a human. He longs to be close to her and help her so he has to hide his true identity.
Shin Ye Eun is Hong Jo’s owner, Kim Sol Ah. She has a bright personality but has been dealing with a lot of hurt from her past that complicates her present. She really doesn’t like cats and is less than thrilled to have to take care of Hong Jo, but he slowly starts to grow on her.
Then we have Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Jae Sun. He had a past relationship with Shin Ye Eun but ended things abruptly leaving her very hurt and confused. He’s a prickly guy that is dealing with a lot of trauma from his past.
I wanted something on the fluffy side, so Meow, the Secret Boy looked like a good fit. I ended up having mixed feelings towards the drama though. It’s a cute show overall with a side of angst to round things out. The story is decent but quite basic being centered around a cat who can transform into a human and what ensues as he lives a double life trying to be with her.
There’s some fun to be had as Hong Jo adjusts to human life. We also watch as his and Sol Ah’s relationship develop. It has some cute couple moments as well as some heartwarming ones as he always tries to be there for her.
We then have to deal with Sol Ah’s past issues with Jae Sun. There’s some mystery around why their relationship ended, and both of these people are dealing with a lot of pain for different reasons. Some communication could have went a long way to prevent some of their troubles though.
The characters themselves were interesting, but I did find them a bit flat. They seemed pretty one note for the most part. There is a tad bit of growth for them as the drama progresses with the most notable being for Jae Sun as he has a lot of emotional baggage to unpack. He’s pretty closed off for most of the drama though, and it takes until those last few episodes to really make progress.
This is the kind of drama that also seems to just kind of mosey along. From start to finish I found it to be on the slow side. It kind of takes its time and just casually moves ahead with the story. Things definitely progress, it just wasn’t the kind of show that had me itching to go onto the next episode right away.
It should also be noted that this isn’t a drama that should be looked at too seriously. We have a cat changing into a human because of a girl. That pretty much sums of the why and the how. It does dig a little deeper into the situation, but it’s not some grand mystery with a huge purpose. It’s more just a cute scenario with the challenges that come with it needing to be explored and dealt with. The ending may leave some rolling their eyes too.
So overall, I found Meow the Secret Boy to be in the okay range. The story was basic and a bit slow, but it did have some humor, heart, emotional situations for our characters, and a cute romance. A decent enough watch for the most part.
My Rating: 6/10
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