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The Yearly Recap: 2022

Posted January 4, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

If you know me then you know that I’m a huge nerd. I track the shit out of everything that I do so that I can keep track of what I’m spending my time on. When I was reading a hundred books a year, I tracked what I was reading, what genres I was reading the most and least of, and now that I’m really into watching k-dramas, as you can guess, I tracked my k-drama watching.

I’m on year three of my k-drama adventures and I’m still a nerd so I’m still tracking the shit of my k-drama watching. I’m tracking a lot of things, to be honest. What kind of dramas I’m watching, which tropes, which actors & actresses I’m enjoying, and all sorts of other things as well. I thought that 2022 was a quality year in dramas and there weren’t a whole lot of dramas that I absolutely hated. I’m counting that as a win.

Quick Stats of the Year

Dramas Watched: 64 | Dramas Completed: 47 | Dramas Dropped: 14 | Episodes Watched: 808
Favorite Drama: Alchemy of Souls | Least Favorite Drama: Love is for Suckers

The Breakdown

By Month

January: 6
February: 0
March: 1
April: 4
May: 4
June: 6
July: 9
August: 6
September: 4
October: 4
November: 12
December: 6

This year, I went with the format of drama watching that I used last year. I watched more new shows instead of binge-watching older ones and I really enjoy watching shows that way. I find that I watch more shows with this format so I think that I’m going to stick with it. November was my best month in k-drama watching with February being the worst month in k-drama watching. I should say that those numbers are for dramas that I completed and I was still watching a bunch of dramas in February, I just didn’t complete any so that one is a little tricky.

By Genre

Comedy: 2
Coming of Age: 1
Family: 2
Fantasy: 5
Horror: 1
Legal: 1
Melodrama: 10
Romance: 25
Suspense: 15

2022 was the year that I jumped in and fell down the Suspense k-drama rabbit hole and I’m here for more of these kinds of shows. I’m still pretty solidly stuck in the romance genre and being the kind of person that I am, that is probably never going to change. I’m all about romance!

By Source

Disney Plus: 1
HiTV: 9
Hulu: 3
Netflix: 24
Prime Video: 1
Viki: 25

I didn’t know that Hulu and Prime Video had newly released k-dramas but I know now and I will definitely be watching more of their offerings in the new year. I’m low key excited about that. It’s not surprising to me that I watched most of my dramas on Netflix and Viki. That’s probably not going to change either. They both offer most of everything that I want and need to watch so I will probably continue watching most of my stuff on those platforms. Hopefully this year I’ll give more of the other platforms a shot.

Favorites and Least Favorites of the Year

Favorite Dramas

Alchemy of Souls
Extraordinary You
Weak Hero, Class 1

Least Favorite Dramas

Love is for Suckers
Welcome to Wedding Hell
Tomorrow

Favorite Characters

Jang Uk from Alchemy of Souls
Ahn Soo Ho from Weak Class, Hero 1
Lee Jun Ho from Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Mudeok from Alchemy of Souls
Woo Young Woo from Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Na Hee Do from Twenty Five, Twenty One

Least Favorite Characters

Jin Mu from Alchemy of Souls
Park Jae Sang from Little Women
Jin Seong Jun from Reborn Rich

Favorite New to Me Actors

Lee Jae Wook
Kim Young Dae
Yoon Park

Favorite new to Me Actresses

Park Ju Hyun
Seol In Ah
Kim Ji Hyun

Actors I Missed in 2022

Park Seo Joon
Lee Je Hoon
Woo Do Hwan

What did your year in dramas look like? Were there any dramas that you’d recommend? Share in the comments!

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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 Wednesday Five: K-Drama Characters I Hate

Posted November 30, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

K-Drama Characters I Hate

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature the five characters that I hate with the rage of a thousand fires. These are characters that instantly put me in a bad mood if I think of them so I try not to think of them at all. Let’s get on with the list, shall we?

1. Kang Chae Ri from Love is for Suckers

There are a lot of reasons that I get mad while watching Love is for Suckers but this woman is at the very top of that list of reasons. She pisses me off more than the female lead does and that’s saying something because I be wanting to fight the main female lead a lot. I wouldn’t be able to work with this woman because she consistently goes overboard and crosses the line of what’s good and what’s bad. She blows past the line every time and cares not one bit. So yeah, fuck her.

2. Jang Dae Hee from Itaewon Class

This bitch. Ugh. If you’ve watched Itaewon Class then you know exactly why I hate this bitch. Honestly, fuck this bitch. Fuck him. His Mama. His baby. His life. Just…gah. I’d chop off both of my knees before I ever kneel to him.

3. Jang Geun Won from Itaewon Class

Ugh. This guy is definitely his father’s son. Ol’ bitch ass. I hated this guy so much so that I wouldn’t watch Ahn Bo Hyun in another drama because just seeing him pissed me off. I love him now but he played this character so well that I didn’t want to see him anywhere else. I’m glad that I wised up on that end because I really, truly adore Ahn Bo Hyun now. But this character? Yeah, fuck that guy.

4. Lee Na Yeon (Pink Sweater Girl) from All of Us Are Dead

I lost count of how many times I wanted to strangle this bitch. She was absolutely the worse person in this show. I even hated her more than the guy that refused to stay dead. Every episode that she stayed alive, I wanted to punch her in the throat and feed her to the zombies. Ugh, she was such a terrible character.

5. Park Jae Sang from Little Women

This evil piece of shit is another character that I absolutely hate. He was more than just disgusting though. He was mean and he was abusive and tried to act like he was this upstanding citizen and every episode I wanted to kick in the dick over and over and over again. I was sad when Little Women ended but I was more than happy to leave this punk ass character in the dust.

Who are some characters that you have hated in K-Dramas?

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The Weekly Recap (184)

Posted November 21, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

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Two days after my birthday, I was laid off from work. No notice or anything, just a phone call from my boss at 10 am letting me know that the industry is down, our company isn’t bringing in enough money to keep all of our staff and even though I’m one of the best staffers in our department, I was chosen to be let go. She wanted me to know that it wasn’t a performance-based decision, but a financial one. The layoff was immediate and I have two weeks to send my work equipment back to our corporate offices. Tomorrow it’ll be a full week of my being unemployed and even though I’m still reeling from the abrupt nature of my layoff, I’m okay. I pouted for two days, and then I got to work.

I started the process of filing for unemployment (which isn’t really getting me anywhere, gah), I updated my resume, and I took a look at job openings in my area. I compared stay-at-home work with on-site work and looked at what each job and company is offering salary-wise and got a little discouraged because to make what I have grown accustomed to making, I’ll need to get two jobs. But with the help and guidance of some fantastic friends, I have a plan of action in place that will start after the Thanksgiving holiday. That plan of action includes figuring out my own financial situation and calculating how long I have before I’m in dire straits. Fortunately for me, I’m not in dire straits and I won’t need to rush into anything super quick.

I’m going to go home to L.A., spend a week with my Dad, hang out with my family, stream BTS, and then when I get back, I’m going to figure everything else out. I don’t normally talk about my personal life but I needed to get that out so that I can move forward, you know? Anyway, as thrown as I was this week, I still managed to watch all of my dramas…aiain’t nothing coming in between me and my dramas, I guess. Haha.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I watched last week…

What I Watched

Weak Hero Class 1 | 5 out of 5

I watched this entire show in one sitting. I was that engrossed in everything going on and even though there was a lot of darkness and a lot of shit that pissed me off and frustrated the hell out of me, I really enjoyed this one. I was gripped from beginning to end and I cannot wait for the next season.

Love is for Suckers: I watched the first episode of this week’s two and it’s another week of disappointment on my end, I guess I’m just not very forgiving of stupidity and fucking with peoples lives and after the way that episode 11 ended, I’m just…throwing in the towel on this one. I don’t even care about anything anymore. On to the next…

May I Help You?: So far, this is my favorite show that is active right now. I enjoy this drama so much that I have re-watched the previous episodes multiple times before starting the new episodes. This drama is my jam. So much goodness. Lee Hyeri and Lee Jun Young are such a charming pair and after each episode, I have the cheesiest smile which makes my week. This week’s episodes were no exception. I love love love this show.

Behind Every Star: Hmm, this show is still interesting to me but it’s not without its faults. I thought I’d be a lot more interested in the actors and the different situations at the office but aside from a few of the employees and like one actor, I’m not that interested in everything else. I’ll keep with it for the time being and see if it picks up at all. Fingers crossed.

Revenge of Others: This show is a lot darker than I was expecting. Watching it makes me worry about the kids in Korea because holy shit, the amount of dramas that I’m watching with horrible bullying in the schools is something else. This show may be dark but man is it interesting. Every episode, I’m surprised at how violent and dark this show is but I can’t stop watching so this show ain’t going nowhere on my weekly watch list.

The First Responders: I’m liking this show. I like every one of the mains, especially the cop. He’s fun. It’s a lot of fun watching them figure shit out, fight the good fight, and then clown each other. This is a great addition to my weekly watch lists.

Reborn Rich: Hooked. I am hooked after only watching two episodes. I am looking forward to where the revenge plot takes us because right now, Hyun Woo is me. I am Hyun Woo.

Fan Letter, Please: If this isn’t the cutest show right now, I don’t know what is. I absolutely love these kinds of shows and I’m already a huge fan of the daughter, the Dad, and the actress. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this show takes us. So far, this show is such a delight.

What I Reviewed

Shooting Stars | 3.5 out of 5
Why Her? | 3 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (183)
The Wednesday Five: K-Drama Male Besties
Eye Candy Friday: Park Chang Ho from Big Mouth

Eye Candy Friday

Park Chang Ho

Big Mouth

What Made Me Laugh

Nothing. I wasn’t in the laughing mood this week. Maybe this week, haha.

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

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The Weekly Recap (183)

Posted November 14, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Yesterday was my birthday and I celebrated it exactly the way that my introverted ass wanted. I got dressed up in all of my birthday presents and hung out at home, haha. Bren ordered my meals for the day, I FaceTimed with my Dad, and then I spent the day working on my photocard collection, watching k-dramas, and working on blog posts and it was such a delightful way to spend the day and I am the happiest of campers right now! I’m blessed with another year of life and with the knowledge that I am cared for and loved by loads of people. And yesterday was a big day in these Borahae streets. It was the anniversary of when Namjoon and Yoongi first moved in with each other, and the anniversary of when V coined the term, “I Purple You”. AND…Bangtan dropped the dance practice for Run BTS.

All in all, it was a fantastic day and I loved how low key it was. With the holidays coming up, I’ll be traveling back and forth to California for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I was really looking forward to relaxing on my own this weekend. I even had a cinnabon birthday cake this year and that is just the perfect icing on my perfect birthday.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…

What I Watched

Little Forest | 4.5 out of 5
Minari | 4 out of 5
One Ordinary Day | 4 out of 5
Confidential Assignment | 3.5 out of 5
Rookie Cops | 4 out of 5

I binge-watched two dramas from beginning to end this week and enjoyed the heck out of both of them. I cried so much during One Ordinary Day but I thought that Kim Soo Hyun did such a fabulous job with his entire character arc. That show had me at the edge of my seat throughout the entire thing and my heart went out to him in the end and gah…just so good. Rookie Cops was another delightful drama. I adored all of the characters, loved their whole squad, and even shed some tears but enjoyed the whole thing.

I watched a few movies this week as well and enjoyed all of them. My favorite of the bunch was probably Little Forest. I really enjoyed both Kim Tae Ri and Ryu Joon Yeol in this one.

Bad Prosecutor: This was a fun drama. I enjoyed the entire thing and was bummed that it wrapped up this week. I really enjoyed D.O. and was pretty happy with the entire thing.

Behind Ever Star: Episodes 1 & 2 dropped for this one this week and already, I’m interested. I’m interested in seeing what happens to the company, I’m very interested to see what the heck the connection between Ma Tae Oh and So Hyun Joo is. I’m definitely going to continue this one.

Curtain Call: I got halfway through the third episode and I’m not very interested in what’s going on right now. I thought about continuing in hopes that it’ll pick up for me but ehh, November is going to be busy enough for me without forcing myself to wait for a show to pick up eventually so I dropped this one, my first dropped drama of November.

Love in Contract: This drama ended this week and I was so sad to see it go. I have to come love the hell out of all three main leads and the rest of the cast. This was such a sweet show and I’m SO glad that I watched it.

Love is for Suckers: It’s been a while since I watched an episode and I’m a little sad that the new episodes that dropped this week were a little on the boring side. Actually, not boring but maybe my interest in this show has waned because I still don’t quite like the female lead? Hmm…I’ll finish this one til the end though.

May I Help You?: Holy cow, I’m REALLY loving this show. There were times when I wanted to spank Dong Joo last week but I’m well over all of that now. I adore both of the main leads and when he gave her a ride back to their house and put her arms around his stomach, telling her to hold on tight? *swoon* And don’t even get me started on when he tells her about her hands. AHHHHH, LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Also, holy shit!!! His worlds are colliding! I can’t wait for next week!

The First Responders: I knew that I was going to like this one and after only two episodes, I’m hooked. I am looking forward to sticking with this drama. I’m enjoying all three of the main leads so far.

Revenge of Others: This drama kicked off this week and I’m intrigued. I have a lot of questions just from the first two episodes and they all center around black hoodies and the main male lead. Just in the world is going on??

What I Reviewed

Again My Life | out of 5
Money Heist: Korea | out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (182)
The Wednesday Five: K-Drama OST Songs I Love, Pt.2
Eye Candy Friday: Dan Hwal from Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

Eye Candy Friday

Dan Hwal

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

What Made Me Laugh

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

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