KDrama Review: The Uncanny Counter

The Uncanny Counter/Amazing Rumor

OCN

16 episodes (November 28, 2020-January 24, 2021)

Casts:

Joe Byeong Gyu as So Mun

Yu Jun Sang as Ga Mo Tak

Kim Se Jeong as Do Ha Na

Yum Hye Ran as Chu Mae Ok

Ahn Suk Wan as Choi Jang Mul

Synopsis:

An unlikely group that runs a noodle shop are actually “Counters” who hunts down evil spirits.

THE Feels:

This series made me excited from the onset. I am a fan of fantasy-mystery genre and the fact that it has this cute storyline of superheroes in guise of diverse ordinary noodle shop employees made me really look forward to it (to the point that I made an announcement of its premiere a week ahead 

Every actor suited the roles perfectly well and I love their characters. I have become a fan of Sejeong and Joe Byung Gyu.

I don’t know what happened in the production but I am glad that there’s continuity in the story despite changes in screenwriters (episodes 1-12, ep 13 and ep 14-16 have different screenwriters)

Also props to Lee Hong Nae who played the role of Ji Cheong Sin (the evil spirit incarnate). He has this poker-faced stance when he was doing his mission yet you could feel his warmth when he was with the children in the orphanage. Oh and can I mention that he looks hot and handsome too?! I hope that he will be given more projects after this.

Lee Hong Nae as Cheong Sin, the Hitman
Cheong Sin as the evil spirit
Lee Hong Nae as the hot evil spirit awaiting punishment

All in all, The Uncanny Counter is a very enjoyable series from episode 1 to the finale and I look forward to its season 2!

Hope to see more adventures of The Uncanny Counters!

THE Rating

Story-5

Pacing-5 (I live every episode!)

Actors-5 (All actors fit the role perfectly)

Characters-5 (I love all the characters!)

Entertainment Value- 5

Rate: 5/5

KDrama Review: Cheat On Me If You Can

Cheat On Me If You Can/If I Cheat, I Die

KBS2

16 episodes (Dec 2, 2020-Jan 28, 2021)

📸KBS2

Casts:

Cho Yeo Jeong as Kang Yeo Joo

Go Joon as Han Woo Sung

Kim Young Dae as Cha Soo Ho

Yeon Woo as Ko Mi Rae

Synopsis:

Kang Yeon Joo is a best-selling author of crime novels, married to the lawyer with a reputation as the National Husband, Han Woo Sung.

THE Feels:

This series is serious with the genre, mystery-suspense… it is a black comedy that tackles love, trust, marriage, justice and politics that will keep you in the edge until the last episode.

All the main leads have “double” characters. Kang Yeo Joo always acts cold and  nonchalant towards the people around her and a know-it all when it comes to solving crimes mysteries but she is very vulnerable, warm-hearted and even oblivious to her husband’s cheating.

Han Woo Sung appears to be a loving husband but is actually a notorious playboy.

Cha Soo Hoo is a cool NIS agent that acts as “subconsciously” lovesick assistant who wants to protect Yeo Joo despite his doubts about her.

Ko Mi Rae lives as a simple art student but in reality a chaebol heiress married to a chaebol husband.

The story will make you wonder about what really happened until the end, it has lots of funny moments and gave me a serious cry on the 31st episode (first half of 16th episode).

The ending will just make you wonder if it’s one of those “prank/threat” of Kang Yeo Joo to her husband or is it now for real?

Also, I am a bit sad about Woo Sung (I wanted to like him because he “loves” Yeo Joo but my blood boils with his infidelity and how two-faced he is.

Definitely lowkey shipped Yeo Joo with his assistant!

📸 screenshot from Viu

THE Rating

Story-5

Pacing-4 (may be slow-paced for some viewers)

Actors-5 (great casts. I really find Cho Yeo Jeong so pretty and eerily mysterious-nice acting! Go Jun and Kim Young Dae both have great chemistry with the FL)

Characters-4 (I have a love hate relationship with Han Woo Sung)

Entertainment Value- 4 (mysterious until the end)

Rate: 4.4/5

Upcoming Drama: Sisyphus: The Myth

JTBC has released teaser for their 10th Anniversary special drama, Sisyphus: The Myth starring Cho Seung Woo and Park Shin Hye.

The drama which was originally scheduled this year will premiere on February 2021.

📹JTBC

KDrama Review: Kairos

Kairos (2020)

MBC/16 episodes

📸 MBC

Casts:

Shin Sung Rok as Kim Seo Jin

Lee Se Young as Han Ae Ri

Ahn Bo Yun as Seo Do Kyun

Nam Gyu Ri as Kang Hyun Chae

Kang Seung Yoon as Im Geun Wook

Synopsis:

Kim Seo Jin is the youngest executive at a conglomerate construction company, with a beautiful violinist wife and a daughter.

Han Ae Ri is a kindhearted daughter, who’s both studying and working part time to save for her mother’s operation.

One day, Ae Ri lost her mobile phone, only to contact the new owner of the phone, Kim Seo Jin who lives one month in the future. As they talked despite the time gap, their realized that their lives depend on their nightly miracle calls.

THE Feels:

Kairos is one of 2020’s hidden gem. It has the elements of suspense and mystery that will keep you in the edge every episode.

I didn’t watched the premiere on its first night and kinda hold off the first episode… but once I started it, I found myself looking forward to the next episodes.

I always anticipate their 10:33 conversations and wonder how much of the future they can change.

Despite it’s fantasy/mystery genre, Kairos also has elements of makjang wherein you’d think how unfortunate are the twisted fates of Seo Jin and Ae Ri are. Nam Gyu Ri’s character as Kang Hyun Chae can also compete as one of the most hated characters this 2020. Imagine her angelic face but her evil, scheming deeds.

I also applaud the production for making it easier to understand the time gaps. It initially started with two-toned schemes for each time and eventually even putting in time stamps so that the audience will not be lost about the time they are talking and of the events that are happening and/or will happen.

This particular scene had a great impact on me.

It reminds us that we cannot always blame the bad things or unfortunate happenings in our life to do wrong things. We do have a choice. Hyun Chae’s greed knows no bound, the prosecutor asked her a question, why do you need to do all that? Why not just divorce her husband? She wanted everything. She wanted to live with the love of her life and her daughter but didn’t want to give up the luxury of living with Seo Jin and she even wanted more. The reactions to our actions will eventually find its way back to us. Good for good, bad for bad.

All in all, Kairos is a great series that is worth to watch.

Elements Rating.

Story-5

Pacing-5

Actors-5 (love all the actors. Kudos to all casts!)

Characters-5 (I will miss Kim Seo Jin and Han Ae Ri— all characters, even the support roles have great contributions to the plot line— special mention to the characters of Kim Jin Ho, Han Ae Ri’s mom, Chairman Yu and Lee Taek Gyu)

Entertainment Value- 5

THE Rate: 5/5

Park Bo Young, Seo In Guk, Lee Soo Hyuk, Kang Tae Oh and Shin Do Hyun confirmed to lead casts of “One Day Destruction Came Through My Front Door”

One Day Destruction Came Through My Front Door (literal title) is a fantasy romance drama about a man known as “destruction” who causes everything he touches to vanish and a woman who puts her life in the line to avoid her fate.

Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk will have their fates twisted and will put their life and love on the line.

Lee Soo Hyuk, Kang Tae Oh and Shin Do Hyun will be caught in a love triangle.

This drama is written by the writer of Beauty Inside and directed by the director of My Unfamiliar Family.

Mr. Queen: More than meets the eye

Episode 1 and 2 of Mr. Queen and I can say that it will be a roller coaster of emotions. It started of with a good background of how Jang Bong Hwan (Choi Jin Hyuk) is as a person and how did he end up being trapped inside Queen So Yong’s body (Kim Hye Sun).

📸screenshot : Jang Bong Hwan present time

With Jin Hyuk’s voice in narration, one can’t help but imagine this hunk of a guy as the Queen and how it makes every encounter with King Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun) hilarious. The fact that he knows the king as a “sex maniac” of the Joseon dynasty and Bong Hwan himself is a flirty man of the present time trapped in a queen’s body makes every scene full of insinuation.

But as much as there are lots of funny scenes in the first two episodes, I already anticipate some heart breaking scenes in the future.

She seems nice and evil at the same time. I dunno what to feel about her character.
There’s already an inkling that the real Queen likes (or loves) King Cheoljeong
I’m curious on how their relationship will turn out
like this is an ominous statement for tears that I will shed in the future
the real Queen really does love the King 😢

There are lots of things we can look forward to:

  • does the concubine Jo Hwa Jin and King Chuljeong really love each other mutually?— it already breaks my heart for the real So Yong
  • will Queen So Yong be the third party to the love of Jo Hwa Jin— whether as the queen herself who loves the king or as Bong Hwan who likes the royal concubine.
  • what is the “relationship” of the queen to her cousin Kim Byeong In—I dunno if it’s just me but it seems that, that guy has lingering feelings for the queen

As of writing, Mr. Queen already surpassed the rating of its predecessor, Start-Up by being the 2nd highest tvN premiere rating next to Mr. Sunshine.

Let’s see if they will be able to maintain the interest of the audience with the storyline.

PS: Shin Hye Sun is killing the role. She’s really good and impressive in the first two episodes.

IU, BOL4, TWICE, BTS, BLACKPINK top list of most number of songs in Melon’s Top 100

Korea’s largest music streaming service, Melon, just revealed its chart of the top 100 songs of the 2010s (the 10 years from 2010 to 2019).

The artist who landed the most songs on the chart by far is IU with 11 songs making it into the top 100. BOL4 came in second place with five songs, while Twice and Park Hyo Shin tied for third with four songs on the list each. BTS, BlackPink, Paul Kim, and Busker Busker came next, with each artist landing three songs on the chart.

The full list of 100 songs is as follows:

  1. Busker Busker’s “Cherry Blossom Ending”
  2. IU’s “Through the Night”
  3. Park Hyo Shin’s “Wildflower”
  4. BTS’s “Spring Day”
  5. IU’s “Friday” (featuring HISTORY’s Jang Yi Jeong)
  6. Ailee’s “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow”
  7. IU and HIGH4’s “Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms”
  8. Paul Kim’s “Every Day, Every Moment”
  9. MC the Max’s “No Matter Where”
  10. Naul’s “Memory of the Wind”
  11. MeloMance’s “Gift”
  12. VIXX, Sung Si Kyung, Park Hyo Shin, Seo In Guk, and Lee Seok Hoon’s “Because It’s Christmas”
  13. IU’s “Meaning of You” (featuring Kim Chang Wan)
  14. Yoon Jong Shin’s “Like It”
  15. Heize’s “You, Clouds, Rain” (featuring Shin Yong Jae)
  16. TWICE’s “Cheer Up”
  17. BOL4’s “Galaxy”
  18. IU’s “Merry Christmas in Advance” (featuring Thunder)
  19. Im Chang Jung’s “Love Again”
  20. Urban Zakapa’s “I Don’t Love You”
  21. Soyou and Junggigo’s “Some”
  22. iKON’s “Love Scenario”
  23. IU’s “Good Day”
  24. San E and Raina’s “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness”
  25. Shaun’s “Way Back Home”
  26. Han Dong Geun’s “Making a New Ending for This Story”
  27. Kim Bum Soo’s “Last Love”
  28. BTS’s “DNA”
  29. Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor”
  30. Im Chang Jung’s “The Love I Committed”
  31. Primary’s “Johnny” (featuring Dynamic Duo)
  32. IU’s “Palette” (featuring G-Dragon)
  33. BOL4’s “Tell Me You Love Me”
  34. Lee Juck’s “Don’t Worry”
  35. Busker Busker’s “Yeosu Night Sea”
  36. IU’s “You & I”
  37. Crush’s “Beautiful”
  38. BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU”
  39. TWICE’s “TT”
  40. Paul Kim’s “Me After You”
  41. Nilo’s “Pass”
  42. Jang Deok Cheol’s “Good Old Days”
  43. BOL4’s “Hard to Love”
  44. Lee Hi’s “Breathe”
  45. Dean’s “D (Half Moon)” (featuring Gaeko)
  46. WINNER’s “Really Really”
  47. Jung Seung Hwan’s “If It Was You”
  48. BOL4’s “Travel”
  49. BTOB’s “Missing You”
  50. BLACKPINK’s “As If It’s Your Last”
  51. BIGBANG’s “BANG BANG BANG”
  52. Park Hyo Shin’s “Snow Flower”
  53. WANNA ONE’s “Energetic”
  54. Seo In Guk and Jung Eun Ji’s “All for You”
  55. BLACKPINK’s “Playing With Fire”
  56. Zion.T’s “Yanghwa Bridge”
  57. Jung Joon Il’s “Hug Me”
  58. Oh Hyuk’s “A Little Girl”
  59. GFRIEND’s “Me Gustas Tu”
  60. BEAST’s “On Rainy Days”
  61. BOL4’s “Some”
  62. Woo Won Jae’s “We Are” (featuring Loco and Gray)
  63. PSY’s “What Would Have Been” (featuring Park Jung Hyun)
  64. Heize’s “Don’t Come Back” (featuring Yong Junhyung)
  65. Taeyang’s “Eyes, Nose, Lips”
  66. Paul Kim’s “Rain”
  67. GFRIEND’s “Rough”
  68. IU’s “BBIBBI”
  69. Park Hyo Shin’s “Breath”
  70. Baek A Yeon’s “Shouldn’t Have…” (featuring Young K)
  71. Taeyeon’s “I” (featuring Verbal Jint)
  72. Hyukoh’s “Wi Ing Wi Ing”
  73. MOMOLAND’s “BBoom BBoom”
  74. Kyuhyun’s “At Gwanghwamun”
  75. Davichi’s “This Love”
  76. TWICE’s “Like OOH-AHH”
  77. MC the Max’s “Wind That Blows”
  78. GFRIEND’s Yuju and Loco’s “Spring is Gone by Chance”
  79. Han Dong Geun’s “Amazing You”
  80. IU’s “Twenty-Three”
  81. TWICE’s “Dance the Night Away”
  82. 4Men’s “I Can’t” (featuring Mi)
  83. Busker Busker’s “Love, At First”
  84. Sung Si Kyung’s “Every Moment of You”
  85. Roy Kim’s “Only Then”
  86. Lee Sun Hee’s “Meet Him Among Them”
  87. Suran’s “Wine” (produced by BTS’ Suga)
  88. IU’s “My Old Story”
  89. BTS’s “Blood Sweat & Tears”
  90. AKMU’s “200%”
  91. Zico’s “Boys and Girls” (featuring Babylon)
  92. Maktub and Gu Yoon Heo’s “Marry Me”
  93. Primary’s “Question Mark” (featuring Dynamic Duo’s Choiza and Zion.T)
  94. MAMAMOO’s “Starry Night”
  95. AKMU’s “Last Goodbye”
  96. Park Won’s “All of My Life”
  97. Naul’s “Living in the Same Time”
  98. Zion.T’s “Eat”
  99. 10cm’s “What the Spring??”
  100. Gummy’s “You Are My Everything”

Congratulations to all of the artists who made the chart!