Tag: Fan Letter Please

The Monthly Recap: January 2023

Posted February 7, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in Korean dramas. I always lose track of what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So let’s start this recap, shall we?

I wasn’t expecting to be as busy as I was in the month of January. I was in Utah and then flew into L.A. for some family stuff and by the time that I got home, I was too exhausted mentally to focus on any drama watching so February started off really slow…but even with how busy I was in January, I watched hella dramas.

Here’s a rundown of what my month looked like. Check it out…

Monthly Stats

Dramas Watched: 12 | Dramas Dropped: 0 | Dramas Still Watching: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 1 | Boyfriend of the Month: Jang Uk
Favorite Drama: Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow | Least Favorite Drama: Singles Inferno 2

Dramas I Completed

The Glory | 4 out of 5
Summer Strike | 3.5 out of 5
Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow | 4.5 out of 5
Unlock My Boss | 3.5 out of 5
The Forbidden Marriage | 3.5 out of 5

Island, Season 1 | 4 out of 5
Would You Like Some Coffee? | 3.5 out of 5
Singles Inferno 2 | 3 out of 5
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economics Area – Part 2 | 3.5 out of 5
He is Psychometric | 4 out of 5
Alice in Borderland, Season 1 | 4 out of 5

Dramas I’m Still Watching

The Interest of Love

Dramas I Reviewed

Fan Letter, Please | 4 out of 5

Actors that Stood Out

Jung Sung Il from The Glory: This guy was a pretty big highlight for me while watching The Glory. I watched the show for Lee Do Hyun and was pleasantly surprised at the introduction of Ha Do Young. He was fine as hell and I’m going to need him to not be a bad guy. Please, please, please don’t be a bad guy.

Cha Eun Woo from Island: Cha Eun Woo as Priest Yohan was such a vibe. He was such a delightful part of the first season. The show, for the most part was on the dark side and Yohan provided a little sunlight that went a long way and I just really liked his character.

Park Jin Young from He is Psychometric: I watched this show randomly with Therese and we were both so smitten with Park Jin Young in it. He was so handsome and just kept getting more handsome and more handsome with each passing episode. Even after the show ended we were still smitten with him. He fine as hell.

How was your month, in all the things? Did you read or watch anything good (or bad)? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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Review: Fan Letter, Please

Posted January 10, 2023 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Fan Letter, Please

Starring: Yoon Park, Choi Soo Young, Shin Yeon Woo, Jeon In Ji, Kang Da Hyun, Kim Sang Woo
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where to Watch: Viki

Han Kang Hee is a top star actress who started acting ever since childhood. Because of the pressure as a top star, her self-esteem begins to drop and bad comments about her drama increase. The stress caused by those comments keeps her away from fanletters as well. In this crisis, she coincidentally runs into her first love, Jung Seok. He was a popular kid back in school but is now a single father of a sick child. His daughter Yu Na writes a fanletter to Kang Hee as her huge fan. However, as her letter doesn’t make it to Kang Hee, Jung Seok writes back instead. Kang Hee’s story with a beloved fan and her first love begins with a special fanletter.

Yoon Park made his way onto my radar when I watched him in Forecasting Love and Weather last year. His character started off as such an ass but I’m glad that over the course of the show his character kept right on charming me until eventually, he completely won me over. I don’t remember watching him in any other show so when I saw that this show was coming out, I was in.

The Story

This drama tells the story of A-List actress, Han Kang Hee, and a guy from high school, Bang Jung Seok. Jung Seok had a big crush on Kang Hee when they were in school but after a misunderstanding, they fell out with each other and drifted apart. Years later, they run into each other as adults and their lives are completely different and they, themselves are even more different. Jung Seok is a single father with a daughter who has cancer. Kang Hee is a famous actress that is struggling with PR issues. Jung Seok’s daughter is a huge Kang Hee fan and when she starts writing letters to her, her father delivers them and to everyone’s surprise, Kang Hee starts writing her back.

Kang Hee is also surprised when it comes to her attention that she’s been writing letters to a young girl with cancer and when she finds out that the girl’s father is someone she actually knows, she’s curious.

Male Lead

Yoon Park as Jung Seok was such a sweetheart and a good father and I absolutely adored him. He was smart and he was hard-working and such a devoted father that it was hard not to root for him. It was more than obvious that he still harbored a secret crush on Kang Hee but seeing him grow more and more confident in himself as the show progressed made for an enjoyable viewing experience. He’s not the perfect character that has all of his shit together but he’s a flawed character that is trying his best and I really liked that about him.

Female Lead

I haven’t watched a whole lot of shows with Choi Soo Young in them but I do like her acting. This was a fantastic role for her and I thought she did really well with it. Kang Hee was perfect on the outside but a mess on the inside and seeing her work through her issues and become stronger and stronger as the show progressed was great. It took her a while to work through her fear of getting fan letters (her reason for that was completely understandable, btw) and seeing her grow closer and closer to both Jung Seok and his daughter was great too.

The Cast

Aside from the two main leads, not a lot of other people were familiar to me. There were just a couple of people that I recognized from other shows so I can’t really say much about everyone. As much as I enjoyed the characters from the hospital (the other kids and the Moms), and then the reporter guy, not a lot of them were memorable though I’m sure that will change once I see more stuff with them in them.

The main leads definitely carried this show for me.

Final Thoughts

This show was a lot of fun. It was funny, it made me happy sigh and it even made me tear up as well. It packed a pretty great punch for such a short show. I thought for sure that I’d find it lacking in some way or form but that wasn’t the case at all. I didn’t think that it felt rushed or that the relationship and story suffered from not having more time to develop. I thought the actors, the writers, and everyone else told a solid story, developed a strong romance, and brought about a lovely cast of characters that charmed the socks right off of me. From the main characters to the kids, even the high school friends, and the convenience store owner, everyone did their thing and I enjoyed every last bit of it.

Final Rating

via GIPHY

4 out of 5

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My TBW Pile: December 2022

Posted December 8, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

In an effort to organize my k-drama watching and keep track of what I’m watching, what I’m loving, and what I’m hating, I’m bringing it to the blog. Each month, I’ll put a list together of the shows that I plan on watching and then track my progress through these monthly posts. Let’s see what this month’s plan looks like, shall we?

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBW Pile.

Previous Month Stats

Drama’s to Watch: 16 | Drama’s Watched: 11
Drama’s Dropped: 1 | Drama’s Unwatched: 3
Favorite Watch: Weak Hero, Class 1 | Least Favorite Watch: Love is for Suckers

The three shows that I didn’t get around to watching, one I just haven’t gotten around to but the other two didn’t release. The Fabulous delayed their release because of the tragedy in Itaewon on Halloween and MDL had a November release date for Unlock my Boss but that show is actually releasing their first episodes this week. So I never got around to watching those three but they’re on my list for watching this month.

December’s TBW PILE

Buddy Watch

Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow

Therese and I never got around to watching the first season again and I’m not that mad about it. I’m not mad at all. About halfway through November, I told Tita that I just wanted to watch the new season of Alchemy of Souls when it releases, without a re-watch of the previous season. I feel like thanks to Kdrama TikTok and IG, I’ve watched enough of the first season to prepare for the second season but we are definitely watching this drama this month. TWO MORE DAYS!!

December Releases

Unlock the Boss
The Forbidden Marriage
Money Heist Korea
Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow

Interests of Love
The Fabulous
Island, Season 1
The Glory

Shows That Are Finishing in December

May I Help You?
Behind Every Star
Revenge of Others

The First Responders
Reborn Rich
Summer Strike

I’m going to miss the shows that are wrapping up this month and the one that I’m going to miss the most is May I Help You?. I’ll be busy with the December releases though so on to the final batch of 2022 dramas.

What dramas are on your TBW pile for December? Anything good that I should keep my eye out for? Please share the dramas you have on deck to read next month.

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The Monthly Recap: November 2022

Posted December 6, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in Korean dramas. I always lose track of what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

You guys, we are 6 days into the last month of 2022. Where has the time gone? Shitballs. 2022 has been a doozy of a year and while there have certainly been a whole lot of ups, the year wasn’t without some pretty big downs as well. November, I didn’t get everything that I wanted to watch, watched but that’s okay…I’m still excited for what December brings.

I spent Thanksgiving with my family in California and while that was great, my sister was sick and missed Thanksgiving with the rest of the family so that was a bummer. She’s better now though so I’m glad. So let’s start this recap, shall we?

Monthly Stats

Dramas Watched: 12 | Dramas Dropped: 3 | Dramas Still Watching: 6
Dramas Reviewed: 7 | Boyfriend of the Month:
Favorite Drama: Weak Hero, Class 1 | Least Favorite Drama: Love is for Suckers

Dramas I Completed

Blind | 4.5 out of 5
Gaus Electronics | 4.5 out of 5
Love in Contract | 4 out of 5
One Oridinary Day | 4.5 out of 5
Rookie Cops | 4 out of 5

Weak Hero, Class 1 | 5 out of 5
Bad Prosecutor | 4.5 out of 5
Fan Letter, Please | 4 out of 5
When the Weather’s Fine | 3.5 out of 5

Dramas I Dropped

Love is for Suckers
Curtain Call
Grid

I quit the first two dramas because I just wasn’t into them. The main leads in Love is for Suckers drove me up the wall and I lost count of how many times I wanted to fight the female lead. She was such a shitty friend to the male lead and no matter how many times the male lead showed up for her, she instead only used him for her damn job.

Grid wasn’t a bad drama, I just wasn’t in the mood for a sci-fi kind of drama so though I dropped it, I’m planning on picking that one up again at a later time.

Dramas I’m Still Watching

May I Help You?
Behind Every Star
Revenge of Others
The First Responders
Reborn Rich

Dramas I Reviewed

Again My Life | 4 out of 5
Money Heist Korea: Joint Economic Area, Part 1 | 4 out of 5
Shootings Stars | 3.5 out of 5
Why Her? | 3 out of 5

Yumi’s Cells 2 | 3.5 out of 5
Soundtrack #1 | 4.5 out of 5
Love All Play | 4 out of 5

Actors that Stood Out

Choi Hyun Wook: I adored his character in Weak Hero, Class 1 and I need the second season of that show to come out so that we can catch up with his character. I’m pretty anxious about how his character will fit into the next season. Please, please, please be okay!

Do Kyung Soo: Jin Jung was such a great character. I loved how his moral compass was on tighter than a bowstring. He did what he felt was right even when it was hard and he made things fun as well. I adored the heck out of him and miss him now that the drama is over.

Yoon Park: I’m a sucker for a single dad trope and I really adored Bang Jung Seok in Fan Letter, Please. He was one of the last main leads that I loved since I watched his drama at the end of the month but he’s definitely a memorable one. I adored him and am already waiting for his next project.

How was your month, in all the things? Did you read or watch anything good (or bad)? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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The Weekly Recap (185)

Posted December 5, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I took last week off from updating because I was busy applying any and everywhere. I also spent most of the week learning my sister’s job so that I can help her and maybe be hired by her company? Not sure yet but my sister sure wants that to happen so I’ve been knee-deep in real estate forms and learning her systems and I’m not sure if anything will come of it but if anything, it’s been interesting to learn so even if nothing comes of this, I’m not mad about it.

I’ve been watching all of the things, I’m reading again, and trying to balance everything has been a lot of fun. Gah, I’m such a nerd.

Anyway…let’s get into all of the things that I consumed the last two weeks…

What I Watched

When the Weather’s Fine | 3.5 out of 5
Fan Letter, Please | 4 out of 5
Wednesday | 4 out of 5

I’ve watched these three shows in full and enjoyed all of them. Of the three, I think my favorite is a tie between Fan Letter, Please and Wednesday. Wednesday is my favorite. She’s the best.


May I Help You?: WE GOT A KISS! AND TAE HEE STOPPED BEING A BONEHEAD! This week’s episodes were so good! They were good, emotional, and ended on a high! I’m still loving this show hella and it’s still my favorite show that I’m watching and I’m not ready to let these characters go. So much love for these!

Behind Every Star: I can’t say that I’m completely invested in this drama but I will say that I really mess with Jane. She’s my favorite part of this show right now. I like everything about her story. I love her struggles, her position in the company, and seeing her in action. Seeing her try and fail to land Denver from Money Heist as a client was pretty great. I enjoyed the last episode and Denver was the first actor that really interested me and I liked the way that he played himself. Yeah, I like this one and I’mma keep watching it…even if it’s just for Jane.

Revenge of Others: This show is still dark and it’s still whoa but I’m still watching it because I need to know who the hell killed her brother and I’m very interested in seeing where Soo Heon’s issues play out. I’m glad that Chan Mi is over suspecting Soo Heon and I’m liking that she’s finally winning over people and making friends. I still want to spank the shit out of Gi O Sung and Kook Ji Hyun. And Jae Bum? I need to know about him. Is he bad or good?

The First Responders: I’m still rocking with this show. I have enjoyed every single episode that I watched and this week’s episodes were no exception. The cases, the characters, the comraderie, all of it is great.

Reborn Rich: I’ve watched every episode of this show so far and I don’t think I’m enjoying this as much as everyone else is. I started this show because of the hype that surrounded the release. While I do think the premise is interesting, each episode spends a lot of time on shit that I do not care about. I just…don’t know if I’m going to finish this one but I’ll give it one more week to figure out for sure.

Summer Strike: This is another one that I wanted to watch because I’ve seen loads of people on social media enjoying it and I’m just…not there yet. I’ll give this one another week before I make a decision on whether or not to drop it. I’ve been watching a lot of going to smalltowns to heal and figure your life out dramas and movies and I’ve enjoyed those more than I’m enjoying this one. So..hmm.

Extraordinary You: I am obsessed with Lee Jae Wook and have been slowly making my way through his back list of dramas and this one is up. I’ve only watched 3 episodes so far and while I am curious about him, the female lead talks too much for my liking and I find myself wanting to skip all of her parts but shes in like every other minute of every episode so I’ll probably need to watch this in batches.

What I Reviewed

Yumi’s Cells 2 | 3.5 out of 5
Soundtrack #1 | 4.5 out of 5
Love All Play | 4 out of 5
Blind | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (184)
The Wednesday Five: Dramas I’m Thankful For
Eye Candy Friday: Park Ki Joon from Midnight Runners
The Wednesday Five: Characters I Hate
Eye Candy Friday: Kang Dong Woo from Twenty

Eye Candy Friday

Park Ki Joon

Midnight Runners

Kang Dong Woo

Twenty

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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