Yumi’s Cells 2 Korean Drama Review

Yumi’s Cells 2 is about an ordinary office worker (Kim Go Eun) from the point of view of the brain cells in her mind who control everything about her as she starts dating again after a breakup.

Kim Go Eun plays Kim Yumi. After breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, she tries to readjust to life. Much to her surprise, a new man comes into her life in the form of a friend and co-worker who she begins to have feelings for.

Jinyoung is Yoo Ba Bi who works at the same company as Yumi. He’s a handsome, kind, and charming man that takes interest in Yumi.

Ahn Bo Hyun is Goo Woong. He is Yumi’s ex-boyfriend and is a game developer. He and Yumi’s breakup was a painful process that left him with residual feelings for her. Does he have a chance to get her back?

Yumi’s Cells 2 was a very nice continuation of the first season. I had almost the exact same experience with this season, which is mostly positive with a couple of negatives. It’s a light and fun series overall.

It continues by telling a sort of dual story with what’s happening in real life alongside the animated world of Yumi’s brain cells who live in a town in her mind. While Yumi goes through life, we see the outer story as well as what is happening to her brain cells as they try to navigate Yumi’s wants and needs.

The show does well at depicting both the humorous happenings inside the brain as well as the more serious, emotional things. Sometimes things are quite simple, while other times they are incredibly complicated.

Just like last season, I had mixed feelings about the cells. On one hand, we have a rich developed world that the animated cells inhabit that is vibrant and beautiful. The characters are cute and fun as we get to know them and go along for the ride as they try to get along and solve conflicts. The thought processes depicted are engaging and relatable.

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I still thought there were way too many of these scenes though. I tend to prefer staying with the live action scenes and sometimes felt like switching to the animation took away some of the emotion of the scene since it broke it up. Also, the humor was still kind of meh for me concerning the cells.

I again tried my best to just go with the frequent switches though since that is the central idea of the drama, and while it may not be my personal preference, the switches between scenes and the overall presentation of what is going on in Yumi’s mind is done very well. I didn’t love a lot of the decisions Yumi would make, but getting a window into her thought process helped with understanding her.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yumi’s relationship with Ba Bi. Ba Bi is just about perfect and is as nice as can be. He shares a lot in common with Yumi, and watching them together felt very natural. This couple have so many adorable moments which I loved!

Β We do get a little drama though with Woong popping back up in Yumi’s life. It’s great watching him explore his feelings as well as trying to figure out where Yumi’s heart stands.

There’s also some issues that pop up between her and Ba Bi that cause some problems for the couple. It’s tough to watch them struggle. Where will Yumi’s heart ultimately land? Do be prepared that the ending of the drama does not completely wrap everything up.

There’s a nice group of supporting characters in the drama including Yumi’s friends and a variety of people she ends up working with. They are mostly fun and add some nice humor to the series. I particularly enjoyed Ruby (Lee Yoo Bi) and Control Z (P.O).

Yumi’s Cells 2 was a fun watch with a romance that is very sweet. Relationship issues are explored nicely, and the story is thickened up with some career explorations by Yumi. The animated brain cells have their own story too and add an interesting dynamic to the drama.

The soundtrack is also fantastic with so many wonderful songs that truly enhance the show. Yumi’s Cells 2 has a very nice feeling to it overall that made it an easy and enjoyable watch all around.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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18 Responses to Yumi’s Cells 2 Korean Drama Review

  1. kfangurl says:

    Ah, sounds like you liked this one less than I did, in the end! But! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it nonetheless, and that you also enjoyed Yumi’s loveline with Babi. I liked many of their scenes too!

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    • Kay says:

      It was definitely a good solid watch for me. And I even liked this season more than the previous one (by a little, hehe).

      I did really enjoy Babi and Yumi as a couple. He seemed like such a genuinely good and honorable man, and I really liked how they portrayed what happened with him in the relationship. You had such a good breakdown of it all in your review. I thought he handled everything as well as anyone could hope for and was very much invested in Yumi. Too bad that’s not where her heart was 😦 Overall, a very fun watch, and if they do continue with season 3, I will be watching πŸ™‚

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      • kfangurl says:

        Aw thanks for enjoying my review! ❀️ Yes, I so agree – Babi handled everything as best as could be asked of him, in a situation like that. I was definitely wistful about this loveline and how it wrapped up.

        And yes, I would definitely watch Season 3, if they make it!

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  2. kdramachickblog says:

    I did enjoy YC2 but found it too similar to the first and was willing to watch in hopes of it finishing the story only to find that this isn’t the end. I love that kdrama romances are one and done. I don’t like 1, 2, 3 versions. I haven’t heard anything about season 3 yet have you? I liked BaBi but preferred Wooong. Either way, Yumi and her bfs need to learn how to communicate if they are to be successful in relationships. Hopefully that will be an aspect of the final season.

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    • Kay says:

      I can understand that as it did have a very similar feel. I think that actually worked for me in this case as I just felt like the story picked right up where it left off, and everything was familiar and comfortable.

      Like you, I prefer the one and done one season shows and romances though. Now I do enjoy a good love triangle, but I don’t as much like switching partners between seasons. I liked both Woong and Babi, but in very different ways. I liked the awkwardness of the relationship with Woong which was very cute, but I loved the ease and naturalness with Babi. So I did like Babi a bit more.

      Luckily, I was aware that the webtoon had 3 seasons and what the structure was like as far as her boyfriends. So far it sounds like season 3 is still being talked about. Some involved in production have stated they want to continue, but nothing seems to be set. Hopefully, they do make it since it really does finalize the story and settles who Yumi ultimately ends up with πŸ™‚


  3. Geoffrey says:

    I very much enjoyed the story overall, especially (since I’m a guy) how both of her boyfriends were generally kind and thoughtful. Many times they actually anticipated Yu-mi’s unvoiced concerns and brought them up to discuss. It rankled me to see the immaturity of both Woong and Yu-mi: Woong, when he was unwilling to depend on Yu-mi when he was struggling financially; and Yu-mi, when she was so strict about boyfriends who are “swayed” even for a moment. Better communication and effort would have rekindled Yu-mi’s and Ba-bi’s relationship.

    Of course, you never know how (hypothetically) her friendships with both of her ex-boyfriends might blossom into a romantic relationship once again. But I’m sorry, the ending was thoroughly unsatisfying and reminded me of the terrible ending of “When the Weather is Fine,” where no one ends up together or seemingly very happy.

    It might be a good drama for singles, to remind them that relationships are fraught with complications and conflict; but that’s not usually why people watch romance Kdramas. Most of us tend to watch them for the sweet stories of two people who will hopefully become lifetime partners, through better and worse – we watch them for hope and encouragement because we hope our stories will be the same with our current or future romantic relationship.

    The cells’ animation sequences did keep both seasons lighthearted, and were a great alternative to the characters’ stating their thoughts out loud to themselves. The first season wrapped up in the worst way possible; the two seasons should have been released together without break.

    But to end a drama series with a firm statement that the leading lady is strong and independent and “don’t need no man to make her happy” is just the reason we left American television. It’s a good reminder to me that, in the future, I’ll carefully select what dramas I watch based on user reviews after they have completed.

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    • Kay says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story overall πŸ™‚ I also liked how good I both of boyfriends were, but yes to the communication issues. Woong and Yumi both struggled big time in that area. She continued to struggle with Babi, but for the most part I thought he did well at communicating aside from a couple of times.

      The drama definitely does well at highlighting the types of relationship issues many people face when dating. But like you, I tend to prefer my romance stories more on the idealized side with one couple and a beautiful love story.

      Yumi’s Cells is based on a webtoon which had 3 seasons. All 3 seasons together result in the final product. Season 3 for the drama is still in discussion. I hope they end up making it since that’s where the story nicely wraps up and we find out who Yumi ends up with πŸ™‚


  4. D says:

    I was never able to get onboard the first season and so I was less interested in the second. It sounds like a reasonable watch for you.

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    • Kay says:

      Aww, too bad it wasn’t a great watch for you D. But yes, it was a good, solid one for me though, and I enjoyed it despite a couple of issues πŸ™‚


  5. eonniwrites says:

    Your review reminded of myself when I started the first episode of the Season 1. I couldn’t just absorb the switch between the brain cells and the live action. At one point I told myself this is nonsense so I dropped it (S1 Ep1). A year later though (when S2 is airing), I had a phase where I was fed up in life and dark storylines so I picked it up again. To my surprise I enjoyed everything even the brain cells. I was able to relate with Yumi and her cells and sometimes Woong’s/Ba Bi’s logic too. I know overall that you liked the story, but maybe (just a far-fetched thought) you’re just in a frequency where the animated brain cells isn’t getting through?

    Just my two cents and looking forward to see more reviews from you!

    – Eonni

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    • Kay says:

      That’s so great that you were able to return to the show at a later time and end up enjoying it. I’ve had that happen with a couple of dramas, and it’s always such a nice surprise πŸ™‚

      I think for me the issue wasn’t so much the brain cells as a whole, but rather that I just didn’t care for the interference in the real life action. The whole animated storyline is very well done and accurately portrays what the characters are going through. It just felt kind of like 2 storylines going on at the same time even though they were connected, and I preferred the real life one.

      I also think they perfectly showed Yumi’s logic in everything she did which is a huge help in understanding her. That was important for me because I don’t think Yumi makes great decisions a lot of the time and is very poor at communicating (Woong was even worse). That’s where the cells really helped since although I still didn’t love what she did sometimes, it’s always helpful to understand the thought process behind her actions. So overall, I think the concept of the brain cells as part of the story was fantastic and executed wonderfully, I just personally preferred the real life story if that makes sense πŸ™‚

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