The Sound of Magic (2022)

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Drama: The Sound of Magic (안나라수마나라)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: May 6, 2022

Plot: Ahyi is struggling with her life, trying to take care of herself and her younger sister while her father is hiding from his creditors. One day, she meets a mysterious magician and her whole life starts to change.

Main Cast:
Ji Chang Wook – Ri Eul
Choi Sung Eun – Yoon Ahyi
Hwang In Yeop – Na Il Deung

Review:
Do you believe in magic? Annara Sumanara

The first 3 episodes were strange yet fascinating. Ahyi’s life was depressing to watch then they’ll start bursting into a song and I feel like I’m in a Disney movie with the fireworks and flying horses.

I probably wouldn’t have watched this if not for Ji Chang Wook. He was so mysterious, sometimes scary but often times like a child. I don’t know if he was trying to be Willy Wonka or PT Barnum in the Greatest Showman movie.

I loved Sung Eun, sometimes I feel romantic vibe between them especially when they’re singing a duet but then I remember Ahyi is in high school and Rieul is 30yo and that just sounds creepy. I guess they found a connection because they’re both outcasts and trying to get out of their situation but can’t.

I loved all the musical performances but sadly the songs were not memorable enough to give me LSS.

The second half was way better, when the childlike fantasy plot became serious murder storyline. I loved the last episode, I even teared up hearing Rieul’s past and when he gave Ahyi his hat. That final stage scene.. wow.. Is it really magic?

“You should do the things you want just as much as the things you don’t want to do.”

– Rieul to Ahyi

“I didn’t know before that flowers don’t bloom on smooth asphalt but on bumpy dirt.”

– Il Deung

I think the real magic is Rieul being able to comfort and guide Ahyi and Ildeung to be better people.

Six episodes felt just about right for this drama. However it felt like it was trying to be too much at the same time. Musical. Fantasy. Sexual assault. Murder. Daddy issues. The first half was for kids, the second half was for adults.

Rating: 8/10

True Beauty OST album Unboxing

The True Beauty OST album is one of the most unique albums I’ve purchased because of its hexagonal shape. It also looks like a compact powder — when you open it, there’s a mirror inside. The design is very thoughtful and fits the overall theme of the Kdrama!

Check out my review of the Drama: True Beauty (2021)

True Beauty (2021)

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Drama: True Beauty (여신강림)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: December 9, 2020 – February 4, 2021
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:30

Plot:
A high school girl bullied for her looks learns how to use makeup and transfers to another school where students are nice to her. She gets caught in a love triangle between silent but strong Suho and cool guy Seo Jun. Who will she choose? And what will she do when everyone finds out her real face sans makeup?

Main Cast
Moon Ga Young – Lim Jukyung
Cha Eun Woo – Lee Suho
Hwang In Yeop – Han Seo Jun
Park Yoona – Kang Soo Jin

Review
The best thing about this drama is of course Jukyung and Suho 🥰 I think even without the childhood connection they could have still worked the relationship. I love that Suho loved Jukyung for herself and Jukyung helped Suho come out of his shell. They were there for each other in good and bad times and they didn’t have to pretend to each other. they can just show their true selves – like how they both love horror comics.

Cha Eun Woo as Lee Suho is perfect!! I think his stint in All the Butlers is helping me grow and mature into a better actor. He’s getting exposed to different challenges and experiences and meeting various people. Plus i’m sure he is getting tips from his fellow cast mates Seunggi and Seungrok. He’s only 23 years old – I think give him a few more years and we will see an even better actor

Poor Seojun, he really is a good guy, but just not the right one for Jukyung. I was hoping for a cameo of someone pretty at the end so that Seojun will have his own happy ever atfer but i liked that he was able to debut! I know a lot of people loved Hwang In Yeop in True Beauty, but I honestly liked him more in 18 Again.

It’s hard for me to watch the bullying scenes but I love that Jukyung was able to stand up and accept herself with or without makeup. And I’m glad she found real friends like Soo Ah. School violence and bullying must really be prevalent in Korea. Is it because of the pressure that the kids face from society and their parents? I really hope they do something about it.

Jukyung’s family is weird but fun! I love the softhearted dad and the cute younger brother. The mom is a tiger mom and at first I didn’t like her for always not listening to Jukyung and putting her down because she is not “pretty” enough. Good thing she finally learned the truth and supported Jukyung. One thing I find weird is that the first thing that she thought of was to go to a plastic surgeon. I mean, she saw how pretty Jukyung can be in full makeup — she just needs a good dermatologist to help her with her skin care.

I loved the bromance between Suho, Seojun and Seyeon. Not just loved, but it was heartbreaking. I feel so sad that Seyeon killed himself after the false bullying accusations. That is why everyone and especially the media needs to be careful with what we post and write. it’s not always about the power, fame and money. We need to love and respect more.

I loved all the cameos from Extra You cast.. but why is Kim Young Dae’s cameo so short? (Maybe he was busy filming Penthouse). I love Gun Joo’s cameo is the longest. He is so cute!

The makeup PPL and the OST! I almost added to cart all the colorgram cosmetics in Lazada last weekend 😁 but restrained myself. But i bought the OST! the background music was a little distracting though because it was always loud.

The story was almost finished by episode 14 so I didn’t expect the time jump. The last two episodes felt like fillers, although they were able to wrap everyone’s story neatly. It did feel like it was more of appreciation episodes for Seo Jun as he got a lot of screen time.. he had a date with Jukyung and confessed his feelings, he still maintained his friendship with Suho and he debuted and sang twice.

I appreciated seeing the gang all grown up and living their lives after school. I didn’t necessarily hate the breakup, I thought it was the most sensible reason at that time. Suho didn’t know when he will be back and he didn’t want Jukyung to wait for him. I hoped instead of Suho breaking up with Jukyung like that, and going silent for 2 years, they could have mutually agreed to hold off the relationship until he was back. I think Jukyung would have understood it.

I missed Soojin and I was hoping she had a better ending than volunteering overseas. It felt like she was trying hard to atone for her past behavior. She can go back to school, do what she wants and be her badass self again.

I’m prolly the only one who didn’t like Hee Kyung and Mr Han’s romance. I mostly fast forwarded their scenes. I think it was too cute for their age, but it wasn’t bad.

I did wish to see more reconciliation scenes between Suho and dad.

Rating: 9/10 (8.5 for the story +0.5 for Eunwoo)

18 Again (2020)

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Drama: 18 Again (18 어게인)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: September 7 – November 10, 2020
Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:30

Plot

Main Cast
Kim Haneul – Jung Dajung
Lee Do Hyun – Hong Dae Young / Go Woo Young
Yoon Sang Hyun – Hong Dae Young
Ryeo Un – Hong Siwoo
Roh Jeong Eui – Hong Sia
Kim Gang Hyun – Go Deok Jin
Lee Mi Do – Chu Aerin
Wi Ja Hoon – Ye Ji Hoon
Lee Ki Woo – Choi Il Kwon
Kim Yuri – Ok Hye In
Choi Bomin – Seo Ji Ho
Hwang In Yeop – Gu Jasung

Review
This is easily one of my top dramas for 2020! Everything about the drama was beautiful!! The three leads were so terrific and their chemistry worked so well. There was a seamless transition between Woo Young and Dae Young, it really felt like they were the same people. Kim Haneul is gorgeous as always.

Just see the main cast! I put almost everyone in the list because everyone, including the supporting characters had their own stories and it didn’t bog down the story. In fact, it added to the richness of this drama. There were so many side stories going on and almost everyone’s stories had closure.

The love the wonderful and heartbreaking journey of Dajung and Dae Young. They got married young, they had regrets, they broke up. But in the end, they found their way back to each other. It’s rare to be able to hold on to your first love. It’s normal that things may not always be happy. So many people would have given up just like them. But still there are some where the love is so great that they are able (and willing) to work it out, be honest with each other and love more.

The visuals!! 🥰 all the guys were handsome and the girls were pretty! I loved the baby love triangle between Ji Ho, Si ah and Jasung.

Perfect balance of laughter and tears. My favorite storyline was of Dae Young and his dad and the sign language scene 😭.

And when Sia finally called up Dae Young to tell him she misses her dad.

I wish there were more scenes between the twins. They dont seem to be close and they don’t talk to each other.

I also loved Dae Young’s relationships with Siwoo and Sia. He really matured alot when he had the chance to be their classmate and friend.

How sweet Dae Young is to Dajung’s mom.

I love the friendship between Dae Young and Deok Jin, Dajung and Aerin. And all four of them together! But absolutely love Aerin and i want to have a best friend like her!

The cinematography was so pretty too. And the OST. Im sad they didnt release the OST album coz i really wanted to get my copy.

I did feel bad for Ji Hoon. Without Dae Young, i would not have minded if Dajung ended up with him. But Jihoon didn’t have a chance because Dajung never liked him more than as friends.

So many life lessons about dreams, family, marriage and relationships.

“There are days when we hated each other. But thanks to that, we understand each other better. We learn to appreciate each other more. And we love more. There were more days when we were happier. For that happiness, we decided to love our decisions . We chose people based on love. And we are grateful for our decisions.”

“In life, even if you miss out on happiness, as long as you have that one person who will look for happiness with you, your life will be worth living. Dont forget that you love each other. Be disappointed that you cannot cherish each other better. And promise for a better tomorrow. Just like that, our lives will continue.”

Rating: 9.5/10

If you can’t get enough of the leads, then watch Men on a Mission episode where they guested to promote their drama.