Watched Dramas List ~ 2018 & 2019

Only completed dramas. In alphabethical order.

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  • 100 Days My Prince
    1. 100 Days My Prince

    Korean Drama - 2018, 16 episodes

    9.5

    I know the story is basically a rehash of the amnesia plot from Shopping King Luis just set back in Joseon era...but I liked it even more than the 'original'!
    Production value is quite high, the acting well done and the casting spot on. Also, this is probably one of the prettiest drama out there. The sceneries are breathtaking and the color palette stunning. The downside is that it sort of looks a bit fake...especially considering that at the beginning of the show we should believe that this country has been plagued by drought, but I think it's just to pretty to complain!
    After the third time I actually found myself enjoying the drama even more. I'd give it a full 10, but I found the last episode to be quite anticlimatic which ruined it a little bit.

    REWATCH COUNT - 3
    1 - late 2018
    2 - early 2019
    3 - 22/12/2019-24/12/2019

  • A Beautiful Mind
    2. A Beautiful Mind

    Korean Drama - 2016, 14 episodes

    8.0

    Wonderful, wonderful performances! From all actors, but especially the male lead. It was a gripping story and the drama maintained a very good pace up till almost the end when TOO many conveniences started to happen, but it may be understandable as the show was cut down by two episodes. 

    I admit, though, that wasn't 100% involved and kept thinking about what drama to watch next.

    Watched: August 2019

  • A Korean Odyssey
    3. A Korean Odyssey

    Korean Drama - 2017, 20 episodes

    7.0

    Overall, not bad. I wasn't much invested in the main couple after episode 10 or so and I think they wasted a lot of potential with the conflict ending.
    Still, I hope (even if it's unlikely) that we'll see a second season for this...it might change my whole score.

    Watched: July 2019

  • Ashi Girl
    4. Ashi Girl

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 12 episodes

    8.0

    Well, this was mostly silly fluff, but an enjoyable ride all the same and not without some somber moments here and there.
    The pace is consistent, the characters likeable and the motivations more or less clear. The acting wasn't amazing, but it felt natural enough and the two leads were very cute together. Of course this is not a story to be taken too seriously...and it plays with itself well enough to ensure the viewers don't ask themselves too many questions by keeping things light and on a comedic note.

    Watched: September 2019

  • Baby-faced Beauty
    5. Baby-faced Beauty

    Korean Drama - 2011, 20 episodes

    7.5

    Cute and enjoyable light-hearted romcom. Nothing amazing, but overall it's pretty decent and kept my interest.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Because This Is My First Life
    6. Because This Is My First Life

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    7.0

    I wouldn't rewatch this drama, but it still was good. While not 100% my taste I have to appreciate the writing and the directing. The actors as well did a nice job.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Boys Over Flowers
    7. Boys Over Flowers

    Korean Drama - 2009, 25 episodes

    6.5

    The Japanese version was and still is a guilty pleasure of mine. This one...not so much. I still liked watching it and there are a few instances in which I liked the way this version adapted the manga better, but overall it just doesn't keep up. The acting of the FL was probably what I liked less.

    Watched: late 2018

  • Bride of the Century
    8. Bride of the Century

    Korean Drama - 2014, 16 episodes

    6.0

    Oh this one is bad...but what can I say...I still loved some of the scenes! The acting was good, but the production value downright horrible at times. The writing as well could have been done better...a lot of turns and decisions didn't make sense at all.

    Watched: late 2018

  • Bring It On, Ghost
    9. Bring It On, Ghost

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    7.5

    Won't rewatch it probably ever, but I still enjoyed it for its genre. I liked the acting, the production and the directing in here. The writing wasn't half bad even if nothing amazing.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • Can You Hear My Heart
    10. Can You Hear My Heart

    Korean Drama - 2011, 30 episodes

    9.0

    Loved it. I admit there are a few issues here and there but the performances were all top-notch and the whole thing way too endearing and sweet to allow nitpicking.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Cheese in the Trap
    11. Cheese in the Trap

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    7.0

    I'm honestly surprised I'm liking this! I started it with the bare minimum interest and with the expectation to drop it quite soon. It's no masterpiece, but it's an interesting take on a toxic love story.

    Watched: 11/11/2019

  • Good Manager
    12. Good Manager

    Korean Drama - 2017, 20 episodes

    9.5

    LOVED THIS! The acting, the writing, the production everything was perfectly done!

    The bromance in particular was really good (after all the two MLs did win a Best Couple award for this show), but it's a pity that we saw it at full throttle only towards the end.
    I also really liked the touches of romance here and there. It was enough to make me giggle a little and it didn't feel forced into the plot. 

    Watched: 18/11/2019

  • Children of a Lesser God
    13. Children of a Lesser God

    Korean Drama - 2018, 16 episodes

    8.5

    Great show! I honestly had a bit of a hard time getting into it for the first 3-4 episodes, but after that I was completely hooked. The show overall has a good pace with a climax (for me) from episode 10 to 14. Only thing that lowers a little bit the rating for me were the last two episodes...I'm not entirely sure why but I found them a bit underwhelming. Some of the plot turns and twists aren't that surprising, but the characters are interesting at all times and the performances pretty good overall. This drama manages to mix crime, paranormal, thriller, comedy, a bit of horror, and even a tiny splash of romance. 

    Watched: 29/10/2019

  • Chugakusei Nikki
    14. Chugakusei Nikki

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 11 episodes

    8.0

    I skipped the whole beginning...but I really liked the second part. I'll need to watch it from the start to get a better idea though.

    Watched: summer 2019 (starting from episode 8)

  • Cinderella and the Four Knights
    15. Cinderella and the Four Knights

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    7.0

    This drama is nothing more than a sweet piece of fluff, but an adorable one at times. The story is cheesy and cliche, but it's done in a fun way which is why it's often compared to Boys Over Flowers. 

    The heroine is the star of the show. It's worth to go through the drama only for her.  I'm really liking how the actress played this character and she has a lot of chemistry with practically all the main cast.
    The only character I found painfully lacking is the second female lead; I'm not sure if the 'blame' lies with the writing or the acting and I think it's probably a little bit of both, but this character is just 'meh'. I found myself wanting to fastforward (and actually doing so) everytime she had a scene.

    Directing is good, editing works most of the times (even if there are a tad too many slow-mos and flashbacks for my liking), the writing flows without too many issues if one is willing to forgive some assurdities here and there. The music is nice and the performances of the main cast are above average.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Come! Jang Bo Ri
    16. Come! Jang Bo Ri

    Korean Drama - 2014, 52 episodes

    5.5

    This was my first 50+ episodes drama. It's basically a makjang on the cute/comedic side. I found it pretty decent, but not spectacular. The first half was better than the second when the villain basically stopped making any sense.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Cunning Single Lady
    17. Cunning Single Lady

    Korean Drama - 2014, 16 episodes

    7.5

    Basically the only thing worth watching this for is the main couple..and that only after first couple of episode, since they took a little bit to grow on me. I found the other characters quite flat, underdeveloped or inconsistent. The ending felt a bit contrived...not totally disappointing, but a little bit of a letdown considering the strong middle of the serie.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Unmei ni, Nita Koi
    18. Unmei ni, Nita Koi

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 8 episodes

    9.5

    Romantic, malinconic and somewhat magical. I really loved it!
    And I loved it even more the second time around!

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - spring 2019
    2 - fall 2019

  • Faith
    19. Faith

    Korean Drama - 2012, 24 episodes

    8.5

    I definitely fell in love with this drama from episode one and even if I kept seeing all the issues (especially in the editing department) I couldn't help but loving it. 

    The story overall is good, but it does sometimes have some some convoluted turns and I couldn't help but wonder why they added the whole supernatural abilities part, when it didn't exactly play a very important role. Overall, though, it's still one of my favorite dramas and definitely an iconic one. I  could only wish for it to have better directing and editing... 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - early 2019

  • Falling for Innocence
    20. Falling for Innocence

    Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes

    9.0

    I loved it!
    It's not the smartest show out there, but it had a lot of heart (no puns intended). The main cast performances sold it perfectly, and it's definitely thanks to them that this show managed to keep me captivated through all of it. 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - early 2019
    2 - October 2019

  • Falling in Love with a Rival
    21. Falling in Love with a Rival

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 8 episodes

    6.0

    Well, considering the fact that the budget for this was probably not very high and the fact that the standards for BL are generally a bit lower than other genre...it was decent. While there were a lot of points were I had trouble understanding what was supposed to be happening, generally the show had a decent comedic vibe that kept me interested.
    The novel (in good part translated on wattpad) seems to be a bit more on the darker side.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Fantastic
    22. Fantastic

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    8.0

    Moving story and a nicely crafted one. It's not an unforgettable drama and there were no specific parts that particularly awed me, but all together was enjoyable and it had heart.
    It's a cancer drama I liked (even if not loved) and the ending was unlifting while not being unrealistic.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • First Love Again
    23. First Love Again

    Korean Drama - 2016, 104 episodes

    8.0

    Great melodrama!
    It was gripping from beginning to end! It has its faults, but I honestly was never bored watching it. The OST was good and the acting amazing! For being a daily drama the editing and production value was pretty good as well.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Five Enough
    24. Five Enough

    Korean Drama - 2016, 54 episodes

    8.5

    I love this drama and I skipped barely a few scenes even if it's over 50 episodes long.
    It's rare to find characters that feel so real and behave in a realistic and comprehensible way.
    I could understand why everyone acted the way they did and every action feels motivated and in line with the character's personality. I also found all the couples to be pretty endearing in their own way...even the cheating ex-husband and ex-friend and the meddlesome in-laws grew on me.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Flower Boy Ramen Shop
    25. Flower Boy Ramen Shop

    Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes

    8.5

    I really liked this one! 

    The writing and general flow of the story really got to me and the chemistry is quite good.
    I particularly loved the ending which I found quite unique for this genre!

    Watched: early 2019

  • Full House Take 2
    26. Full House Take 2

    Korean Drama - 2012, 32 episodes

    6.5

    Nothing great, but it was watchable.

    Watched: late 2018

  • Go Back Couple
    27. Go Back Couple

    Korean Drama - 2017, 12 episodes

    10

    I didn't want to start this drama...but I fell in love with it from the get go!
    The two leads are charming and endearing and their love story feels so real even with the whole time-traveling part.

    Definitely a must watch!

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Goblin
    28. Goblin

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    8.0

    I had dropped this long ago after the first episode and I was very hesitant to give it a second chance. Even the second time around the first episode didn't feel up to par with all the hype surrounding the drama, but as I went forward I could see what made so many people fall in love with it.
    The writing is quite solid and the production value high. The acting ranged from good to amazing at times and the cast had so much chemistry that it was no wonder this title tops practically every list of "Best Bromance Dramas".
    Yet, the main love story didn't amaze me and I could definitely have done with less of them both and more of the secondary couple.

    Dropped once: late 2018
    Watched: 07/12/2019 - 09/12/2019

  • Haeundae Lovers
    29. Haeundae Lovers

    Korean Drama - 2012, 16 episodes

    7.5

    Well, the drama is intentionally cheesy and the plot sometimes way too contrived, yet it has charm. I thoroughly enjoyed it a lot! 

    The characters and the performances by the main cast was probably what sold this drama to me, but even the writing flowed smoothly even through some very weird and fuzzy motivations, especially from the 2nd male lead.
    Somehow they managed to never let me lose my suspension of disbelief even if some situations were downright unrealistic.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi
    30. Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 10 episodes

    9.0

    Really liked this one.
    For once the romance (while cute) wasn't what really sold this to me. It was how the FL had to take over her own life and finally start finding purpose again that made me invested.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - spring 2019
    2 - November 2019

  • Heart to Heart
    31. Heart to Heart

    Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes

    9.0

    I can't believe I had actually dropped this once at the very first episode months ago.
    The two leads are adorable together and I loved them both. The second leads were also pretty likeable, especially the ML little sisters who's energetic and optimistic even if somewhat a little bratty sometimes.
    It's a more mature love story compared to your standard korean drama and I loved it even more because of it!

    Watched: 03/12/2019 - 07/12/2019

  • Hello Monster
    32. Hello Monster

    Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes

    8.5

    This has the most forced romance I have beared in a drama yet. I totally would have dropped it right away if it wasn't the the rest of the story...

    The crime, psychopathic serial killers bit was really well done and I enjoyed it a lot. The two brothers' relationship was particularly moving and that was what made me come back to this show.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • High School King of Savvy
    33. High School King of Savvy

    Korean Drama - 2014, 17 episodes

    6.5

    The story worked great at the start and was really charming and fun.
    Sadly though I do not agree with how the plot turned and I think it could have been managed more satisfactorily. 

    Props go to the ML actor, as I would have probably lost interest without his very believable performance. The main actress was good, but I found her character tiring after a while.
    All in all a nice drama.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • HIStory: Obsessed
    34. HIStory: Obsessed

    Taiwanese Drama - 2017, 4 episodes

    5.5

    Better than the previous installment of the series.
    The acting is smoother, the chemistry stronger...the story does still feel a bit disjointed at times and the motivations are a bit all over the place, but overall it should be an enjoyable watch for viewers who like BL.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • HIStory: Stay Away From Me
    35. HIStory: Stay Away From Me

    Taiwanese Drama - 2017, 4 episodes

    5.0

    Well, no one is winning any acting award from me in this drama. Only one acting kinda natural Meng Meng, the fujoshi friend, who actually made me laugh out loud a few times. The writing isn't too fluid, but it's bearable. Overall the story is cliche, but enjoyable.
    This is worth it only if you really like BL.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • I  Do, I Do
    36. I Do, I Do

    Korean Drama - 2012, 16 episodes

    8.0

    I had watched this at the beginning of my adventure into Kdramas and I had loved it! 

    I do need a rewatch now that I have quite some more experience.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - 30/12/2019

  • I Have a Lover
    37. I Have a Lover

    Korean Drama - 2015, 50 episodes

    9.0

    I loved this, but I would have preferred not to have the whole business/revenge plot at the end. I found it to be the weakest aspect of the whole drama.

    As a mature love melodrama kind of story it worked great. The first 10 episodes or so were brutal and painful  to watch, but once we start seeing the two main leads falling in love yet again, it was worth it. Wonderful perfomance from both of them.

    One of the biggest strenghts of the show is having very flawed characters that still are very relatable.
    The plot was nicely stretched out considering the drama has 50 episodes, but you can feel towards the end that some events do not really fit logically with the rest.

    It does have the usual cliche of the amnesia, but I'd recommend this anyway to anyone who'd like a more mature love story. 

    Watched: August 2019

  • I Hear Your Voice
    38. I Hear Your Voice

    Korean Drama - 2013, 18 episodes

    9.5

    Saying that I loved this drama is an understatement. It was my first noona romance and it set the bar quite high...
    Yet, it's quite far from being perfect...it's just that every time I happen to watch a scene I feel the need to go back at watch at least one episode and while I'm watching I honestly can't see any faults!

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - September 2019

  • I Picked Up a Star on the Road
    39. I Picked Up a Star on the Road

    Korean Drama - 2018, 10 episodes

    8.0

    This drama is cute and well acted with a few emotional scenes and quite a lot of funny moments.
    Especially the first 4/5 episodes relied a lot on dark comedy and they felt really different from any other drama I've seen till then...after the 5th episode it becomes more of a standard rom-com which is a pity. 

    In any case while it isn't the best drama ever, it was enjoyable!

    Watched: summer 2019

  • I'm Not a Robot
    40. I'm Not a Robot

    Korean Drama - 2017, 32 episodes

    4.5

    I recognise the fact that it was nicely done...but halfway through I stopped caring and fastforwarded a lot...A LOT! The characters just became annoying to me. It was a pity because I really liked the beginning.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Jugglers
    41. Jugglers

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    6.5

    It was decent enough. I stopped caring of the main couple halfway through, but still their scenes were watchable.
    I stayed till the end for the secondary 'couple'...even if there was no romance involved there, they were so damn cute!

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Just Between Lovers
    42. Just Between Lovers

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    9.5

    This drama is heartbreakingly beautiful.
    Every aspect is pretty much outstanding: the production, the cinematography, the performances, the music, the writing, the directing...everything stands out to me.
    I especially loved this female lead character. She was down-to-heart, calm, strong and she just felt real.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • Kenja no Ai
    43. Kenja no Ai

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 4 episodes

    8.0

    What a twisted yet morbidly fascinating story.
    The performances are really good and the settings are stunning. I found myself really buying into this revenge love story but the real center is the unhealthy relationship between Mayu and Yuri. I found the two characters really captivating.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Kill Me, Heal Me
    44. Kill Me, Heal Me

    Korean Drama - 2015, 20 episodes

    9.0

    Funny and heartbreaking at the same point. This drama was addicting and stayed with me for a while. 

    I do not really buy the resolution, but it doesn't really matter after all. Ji Sung performance was amazing, he made me believe he was indeed several different people. The whole cast did a great job too.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Bread, Love and Dreams
    45. Bread, Love and Dreams

    Korean Drama - 2010, 30 episodes

    5.5

    It got addictive right away, but the end it wasn't very satisfactory at all. The plot got tiring halfway in and made me skip quite a lot, which was a pity.

    Watched: late 2018

  • Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu
    46. Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu

    Japanese Drama - 2014, 10 episodes

    7.0

    I remember I had liked this drama, but it didn't leave any strong impression. It was decent, but I'll probably never watch again.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Let's Eat
    47. Let's Eat

    Korean Drama - 2013, 16 episodes

    7.5

    Half of this show is food porn...and it totally ruined my diet. But the other half is a heartwarming drama. Very cute, well acted, written and directed.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • Long Vacation
    48. Long Vacation

    Japanese Drama - 1996, 11 episodes

    6.5

    This is a classic, but while it is nice, I didn't find it particularly awesome. Maybe I had too high expectations. It had its moments though.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Love Rerun
    49. Love Rerun

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 10 episodes

    7.0

    It was cute and the mystery of the lost memory was intriguing...but still something was kinda off. I think that the issue is that it definitely feels like it's been adapted from a manga even if I'm not even sure it is.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Man to Man
    50. Man to Man

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    9.0

    The production and acting were really great. 

    A thing that this drama does right is the fact that the plot keeps moving up till the very end. I found the spy story to be well-done (even if obviously not too realistic) and the action scenes were entertaining enough.

    Watched: September 2019

  • Me too, Flower!
    51. Me too, Flower!

    Korean Drama - 2011, 15 episodes

    6.5

    I gave up this drama 3 times halfway through the first episode before actually watching it. The first 2 episodes were confusing and boring, but from the 3rd I got invested in the characters. And the characters are the best things this drama has to offer in my opinion. They were well acted and overall understandable even in their craziness. 

    The overall story on the other hand lacked something...while I watched till the end, barely skipping anything at all, I still felt like there were whole chunks of it that were left out. I think it could have been done better, which is a pity.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • My Father is Strange
    52. My Father is Strange

    Korean Drama - 2017, 52 episodes

    8.0

    I was hesitant to watch this, but I fell in love with the show and pretty much all characters by the end of it. Still some of the secondary plots weren't too interesting to me and I ended up fastforwarding them a little bit. 

    All in all, though, it's a heartwarming and compelling show!

    Watched: fall 2019

  • My Husband Oh Jak Doo
    53. My Husband Oh Jak Doo

    Korean Drama - 2018, 24 episodes

    8.0

    This was a lovely drama drama. I found the characters really likeable and (in the first half, at least) very compelling. The problem is that the story was better paced and the motivations better structured in the first half of the drama and then everything goes a bit downhill.
    Still I enjoyedit till the end, barely skipping anything at all.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • My Little Baby
    54. My Little Baby

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    6.5

    Cute story with kids that behaved realistically. It's shorter compared to other dramas (only 35min per episode) and that helped making it an easy watch. 

    I probably won't remember it for long as there was nothing particularly memorable about it, but it was still a fun story and I enjoyed it.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • My Secret Hotel
    55. My Secret Hotel

    Korean Drama - 2014, 16 episodes

    8.0

    Well, this was far from perfect, but the actors saved it for me. That said, the love triangle was interesting but repetitive.
    I really liked comic horror-like scenes with the creepy atmosphere and music, but sadly there were only a few in the first 5/6 episodes and then they were dropped (the writer passed away during this drama, so this might be the reason why some artistic choices changed). The production though was well done. I liked the editing and I found the OST to be particularly nice! 

    In conclusion: it's far from perfect, it didn't give justice to the potential it had and the ending is not quite satisfactory; yet, it's still much better than some of the reviews and comments led me to believe, and I honestly liked it more than I anticipated.

    Watched: summer/fall 2019

  • Naked Fireman
    56. Naked Fireman

    Korean Drama - 2017, 4 episodes

    9.0

    Great short drama!
    It was different from what I had expected, but still it was action packed and really intriguing. Not sure if I'll ever rewatch, but it was short and good enough to actually tempt me in the future. It makes me want to find other similar dramas!

    Watched: summer/fall 2019

  • Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku
    57. Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes

    7.5

    I really liked the atmosphere and the feeling of this drama. The characterization was nicely done and original for such a plot.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Nemureru Mori no Jukujo
    58. Nemureru Mori no Jukujo

    Japanese Drama - 2012, 9 episodes

    8.5

    I really liked this short drama. It's about a platonic romance (or a romantic friendship?) between a man and a woman very far apart in ages. 

     I also liked the way the drama ended... even if some might find it unsatisfactory. The music in the earlier episodes was a bit overbearing (especially in the 'tense' scenes), but I either got used to it or it got ojectively better later on.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Nice Witch
    59. Nice Witch

    Korean Drama - 2018, 40 episodes

    8.0

    It's a guilty pleasure! It makes almost no sense, but I loved it anyway and partly because of it!

    I'll probably rewatch to see if I can maybe judge it more fairly.

    Watched: early 2019

  • One More Happy Ending
    60. One More Happy Ending

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    8.0

    It was cute, even if really silly and sometimes downright pointless. The performances kept it together. All the girls were great characters who were either fun, moving or heartbreaking to watch, plus the main male lead is so damn adorable, so I couldn't really drop the show, but I was tempted several times.
    The story does flow but most of the plot turns of the main couple have little dept and after a while you just end up wondering why they didn't end up together 10 episodes ago. 

    What might be worth the watch might be one of the secondary couples: the one experiencing marriage problems and is about to divorce. I found their story particularly moving and original...I'd love a drama centered on them!

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • Ossan's Love
    61. Ossan's Love

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 7 episodes

    9.0

    This was downright hilarious, yet touching at times! 

    I think it's a must for anyone liking (or at least not minding, like me) BL dramas. It's so cute and funny!

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Person Who Gives Happiness
    62. Person Who Gives Happiness

    Korean Drama - 2016, 118 episodes

    5.5

    Wonderful family/makjang drama....for the first 80 episodes. Then it became sort of too convenient and contrived, even for a makjang.
    Also after the 80/90 episodes the plot also turns more into a pure revenge story which I found not nearly as interesting, but draggy and lackluster.
    In any case the show is overall entertaining; I fastforwarded a lot of scenes (certain shots took too damn long and towards the end I lost interest in certain plot points) but I never really skipped much at once and took care to watch every scene development. What I loved is the fact that even the most villains do have some moments of genuine sympathy and you can feel for them and see their reluctance while they make all the wrong and evil decisions. 

    The main issue is that the two  main leads started out as nice characters but they started to feel flat after the first half of the drama when their main love story was resolved. By the end I found them slightly annoying too...

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Prison Playbook
    63. Prison Playbook

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    9.0

    This is a great drama even if it's not exactly my favourite kind, hence why I do not feel like going above 9 in my rating.
    It's for sure one of the best crafted slow-paced dramas out there and it's to no surprise as it's from the same writers of the Reply series (which I still have to watch) with which shares a very similar vibe and feeling even if a completely different context.
    While there was a sort of plot progression, the story was mostly just a look at the life of these characters in a determined amount of time. Some of them even came and went away during the drama with no real resolution to their stories which left me a bit disappointed, but that's true to how real life works.
    I think it's a must watch as it's quite unique and beautifully acted by the main and supporting cast.

    Watched: 13/12/2019 - 25/12/2019

  • Queen of Mystery
    64. Queen of Mystery

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    7.5

    I enjoyed the performances and the chemistry between the cast members.
    On the other side, I honestly expected a little bit more from the crime/mystery aspect of the show, but overall it was decent. 

    Watched: 02/11/2019

  • Queen of Reversals
    65. Queen of Reversals

    Korean Drama - 2010, 31 episodes

    8.0

    I throughly enjoyed this drama.
    While not perfect, it was a nice change from the usual romance. It took very common tropes and twisted them around a little bit, just enough to make the story interesting. The romances felt mature, even if not always completely fleshed out and the ending was satisfying even if it didn't completely resolve all the loose ends.
    A good point is the fact that the drama managed to be interesting from start to finish even when it was extended for over 10 episodes. It might not be the best drama I ever watched, but it was entertaining and keep me interested for its whole run.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri
    66. Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    8.5

    This is basically Japan's Sherlock Holmes.
    I do enjoy this trope quite a bit and this version wasn't half bad! Some effects felt a bit corny and lacking compared the British series Sherlock (which this does objectively seems inspired from), but it helped that this show never felt too over the top with the explanations as Sherlock sometimes ended up doing.
    The cases were decently crafted even if not perfect. They always managed to keep some details a mystery even when I was able to figure out the main culprit and the general method used. What really gave this show a boost and kept my attention on all the time was the interaction and chemistry of the main cast. The two main protagonists do have quite a lot of on-screen chemistry and the bromance is quite strong!

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Romance
    67. Romance

    Korean Drama - 2002, 16 episodes

    5.0

    While I generally liked it enough to watch it all in one go, it has quite a few problems.
    I would have liked for the love story to be more developed instead of being dramatically flimsy. The FL is also a little too disappointingly weak... She basically fainted at every stressful situation, sbut the ML's character makes up for that somehow as he's quite charming.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Saba Doru
    68. Saba Doru

    Japanese Drama - 2012, 12 episodes

    7.5

    This was surprisingly refreshing!
    It's nothing amazing, but the main actress was very endearing even as a 18yo playing a 38yo, who in the drama actually passes for a 17yo idol... The premise is of course unrealistic to the extreme, but the obstacles the protagonist meets and the way she manages to overcome them are portrayed in a fairly realistic and plain way. I marathoned this short drama in less than a day and it made me want to watch more jdorama in general.

    Watched: October 2019

  • Sagideka
    69. Sagideka

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 5 episodes

    7.0

    I really liked the story and the themes explored in this crime drama.
    It felt very subdued compared to what I usually watch, but that somehow made some scenes even more heartwrenching. The acting was solid, but I wasn't particularly blown away by it. 

    What I didn't like was the camerawork. It's obviously a stylistic choice and I'm no expert to be making competent criticism about it...but I really didn't like how often the scenes were shot so up close and often with a shaky camera.

    Watched: October 2019

  • Save the Last Dance for Me
    70. Save the Last Dance for Me

    Korean Drama - 2004, 20 episodes

    6.5

    It's an older drama, and it feels like it.
    Still, the performances are decent if a bit over-the-top and "Give My Love" is a memorable OST song that definitely stands out and not only because it's played at every emotional scene between the main couple.
    The first time I watched it without much issue, but I admit that the second (partial) viewing was kinda boring even if I had forgotten quite a few details of the story which made me lower the rating. 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - early 2019
    2 - September 2019 (only up till episode 14)

  • Scent of a Woman
    71. Scent of a Woman

    Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes

    6.5

    I'm always hesitant to start dramas with terminal illnesses as a main theme, but this is sort of a classic in its genre and I can see why. It's definitely NOT a comedy though, but a true romance story.  

    It is decently written, well acted and directed. The music is pleasant as well especially the main theme song. The show goes a little downhill around the 9th till 13th and some events were enough to destroy my suspension of disbelief, which is never a good sign.
    The second FL is bitchy and not generally likeable, but honestly I found myself sympathizing with her sometimes more than with the main FL.

    Watched: summer/fall 2019

  • Secret
    72. Secret

    Korean Drama - 2013, 16 episodes

    8.5

    As a 'love' story it is kinda scary, but I still fell in love with the drama anyway.
    All love relationships in his drama have a strong component of obsession...which it's basically the running theme of it all. 

    Ji Sung probably was one of the very few actors who could have pulled off such a male lead without making me hate him. All the other performances are really good even if at a slightly lower level and the OST is memorable. I loved the directing as well and the editing was decent even if it has several inconsistencies here and there.
    The 'weak' point might be the ending for me. It was decent and even satisfactory in a way, but it also felt rushed...this is one of the few instances where I would have liked a couple more episodes to flesh it out.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - fall 2019 (starting with ep. 5)

  • She Was Pretty
    73. She Was Pretty

    Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes

    8.5

    The first time I watched this I had dropped at the 11th episode, but it was because I wasn't used to the pacing Korean Drama usually use.

    The second time around...I enjoyed it till the very end. It was one of the first romcoms in which I also liked both second leads. I ended up feeling for both of them and wanting an happy ending for them as well.
    Production is really nice, the acting is good and the comedy works well for me, especially in the first few episodes. The story becomes a little slow and boring in the last 3-2 episodes, but it's bearable. OST is decent, but not particularly memorable. 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018 (only till episode 11)
    2 - October 2019

  • Shopping King Louie
    74. Shopping King Louie

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    8.0

    This was one of the first few Korean dramas I watched.
    It has a charm that it's not too common even if the plot might not be all that original. The cliches are handled in a funny manner, the directing competent  and the acting very well done.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - summer 2019

  • Stars Falling From the Sky
    75. Stars Falling From the Sky

    Korean Drama - 2010, 20 episodes

    5.5

    Mediocre show especially from the production point of view, but the acting was good and the plot had some turns which were interesting.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Still Loving You
    76. Still Loving You

    Korean Drama - 2016, 125 episodes

    7.5

    Good family drama. 

    It kept me entertained till the very end and most of the couples were very cute to watch. Both the two main leads were quite likeable. Eun Soo was sometimes too nice for her own good, but she is hardworking and not without flaws; Su Ho was simply a treasure, he's both childish yet has a deep insight in other people feelings and he's the sort of male lead I really like to watch in family dramas.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Stranger
    77. Stranger

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    9.5

    Beautiful drama! 

    More than the plot, it's the characterization that held this drama together and made it an unforgettable experience. The cast's performances and chemistry were off the chart and I believe that less talented and experienced actors would have made a mess of this show since it really relies on small gestures and reactions. 

    The drama doesn't pander to his audience...while some turns may be predictable, the underlying motivations are complex and rarely understandable right away. I loved how we saw the characters as if we were part of the story ourselves, since (beside a very few thoughts of the main lead) we have very little to no knowledge of what the characters are thinking and we're often left to give our own interpretation to their actions and body language.

    Watched:  27/10/2019

  • Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    78. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

    Korean Drama - 2010, 20 episodes

    6.0

    I read recaps for the last two episodes because honestly I couldn't be bothered to finish watching them. Still I admit this is a classic of sort and I understand why it has quite a following.

    I liked the FL character in here for the first 10 episodes or so...and then I found her extremely annoying...which was probably the reason I dropped it so late.

    Watched: late 2018

  • Sweet Stranger and Me
    79. Sweet Stranger and Me

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    6.5

    I remember I liked the beginning, but I'm actually not sure if I ever finished it...so it probably dind't leave any strong impression on me.
    I'll need to rewatch to form a better opinion.

    Watched: early 2019

  • Switch: Change the World
    80. Switch: Change the World

    Korean Drama - 2018, 32 episodes

    8.0

    Entertaining, but with some writing flaws. 

    This show's charm is dependant mostly on its characters. The whole cast made a splendid job and I've rarely become attached to even the smaller supporting roles. 

    The plot flows decently well and it's never boring. The twists and turns of who's conning whom are fun to watch, but they are at times a bit ridiculous.
    It has to be said that, while the comedy side of the show has decent beats, I found the sadder and more emotional moments somewhat lacking both in depth and consistency. The biggest fault of the writing is the fact that 2/3 into the show we do have to accept previously estabilished smart characters making downright idiotic choices (...it almost made me drop the show. The ending, though, is so satisfying that by then I came to forgive that faux pas!

    Watched: 15/11/2019

  • Terius Behind Me
    81. Terius Behind Me

    Korean Drama - 2018, 32 episodes

    5.0

    The production value is good, but I honestly didn't like the writing. I found the developments and resolutions too easy and unrealistic. Acting was nice though. 

    In my case what saved this drama from being dropped mercilessly was Son Ho Jun. He kept me entertained throughout the drama with his performance. This was the first drama I saw him acting in and I was totally converted to a fan!

    Watched: spring 2019

  • The Boy Next Door
    82. The Boy Next Door

    Korean Drama - 2017, 15 episodes

    8.0

    This is hilarious!
    It's pretty short but it's worth a watch for anyone having even only a remote interest (or at least not dislike) for BL. It's a parody and there's no real romance, but the laughs are guaranteed!

    Watched: summer 2019

  • The Fearless
    83. The Fearless

    Taiwanese Drama - 2019, 13 episodes

    7.5

    This drama isn't exactly binge-watching material, but it's interesting enough to keep you invested and I came back to it for one or two episodes between other shows. The pacing is slow, the tone sometimes really dreary other times downright weird, but I found it to be different and fascinating in its own way.
    It's not for everyone, but I found it refreshing as it's a paranormal crime series with a bleaker and somewhat more realistic twist compared to most I've seen.

    Here you'll be able to read my no-spoiler review.

    Watched: 20/11/2019 - 10/12/2019

  • The Fiery Priest
    84. The Fiery Priest

    Korean Drama - 2019, 40 episodes

    9.5

    Loved it!
    I honestly liked most of the characters of this show...even some of the villains! Both the main and supporting cast were amazing and showed great chemistry. Big credits to the writer as well, since he managed to give depth and individuality to so many characters that he made me really feel for almost all of them.
    There were no huge mysteries, but the plot had good turns and flowed quite smoothly. There was a bit of repetitiveness going on for a few episodes in the first half of the show, but it was compensated with a good dose of humor that managed to keep me entertained, so I was never bored.
    It's also worth to mention that the action scenes in this were very well done and choreographed!

    Watched: 06/11/2019

  • The Greatest Love
    85. The Greatest Love

    Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes

    8.0

    The first time I watched this show I loved the start but soon got tired of the push-and-pull so I started skipping a lot.
    Upon rewatching, though, I appreciated it a lot more. The performances are even better than what I remembered. The writing is smart especially in the first half, but it gets in my opinion weaker towards the middle and the ending.
    The charm of both the first and even second leads is great and it's what made me want to watch till the end. I haven't watched all of the Hong Sisters' dramas but for now this is my favourite among them, even if they all share the same great beginnings and weaker middle/endings though. 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - late 2018
    2 - 27/11/2019

  • The Guest
    86. The Guest

    Korean Drama - 2018, 16 episodes

    10

    What a satisfying drama from start to finish! I honestly can't find much fault in this show...the acting, the directing, the music, the characterizations, the editing, the plot, the cinematography...everything was pretty much perfect or at least gave me the illusion of being so. 

    I am honestly surprised about having enjoyed an horror drama so much. I generally avoid the genre because I hate jump scares, but you won't find any in here. That's not to say that the show isn't scary, but it's in an sort of 'understated' way which I kinda loved. There are also some pretty violent scenes, but the 'goryest' elements are blurred out, so the effect was dimmed for me. This is my first 10/10 in a few months of binge-watching and my first ever in a drama not containing any romance at all. 

    Watched: 29/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

  • The King of Dramas
    87. The King of Dramas

    Korean Drama - 2012, 18 episodes

    7.5

    Funny and entertaining with a very compelling protagonist. It was acted wonderfully and the writing was pretty smart as well.

    It would have received a significantly higher rating from me if it wasn't for the ending which I found too bittersweet and slightly disappointing after all the buildup.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • The Master's Sun
    88. The Master's Sun

    Korean Drama - 2013, 17 episodes

    8.0

    I loved the beginning but 2/3 I found it tiring.
    The second viewing just confirmed this opinion...I just can't figure out what exactly made me lose a lot of interest, but it's something that happens to me with pretty much all dramas written by the Hong sisters.

    Still it's very competently done and the performances are all great. 

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1  - early 2019
    2 - 01/12/2019 (only up till episode 12)

  • The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry
    89. The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry

    Korean Drama - 2010, 16 episodes

    7.0

    Typical older woman/younger man romance between a news reporter and a student musician.
    It was well done and the story wasn't too unrealistically presented.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Thirty But Seventeen
    90. Thirty But Seventeen

    Korean Drama - 2018, 32 episodes

    9.0

    This drama feels like a fairytale...it's simply adorable!

    I fell in love with all the characters and cried and laughed with them all.
    The pacing though is a bit off...it's very slow in the middle (I lil bit too much, actually) and then all happens at once in the last few episodes. I understand that a few episodes were cut and that might be the reason for this, but still it's a bit jarring.
    The OST is really good and the acting was marvelous from everyone.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Tokyo Tarareba Musume
    91. Tokyo Tarareba Musume

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 10 episodes

    7.0

    Well, this was a weird, but fun drama. 

    Three women, now well into their thirties, all have relationship issues. It was weird (it's a J.drama after all, some weirdness has to be expected), posed realistic issues and was somewhat endearing.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • Twenty Again
    92. Twenty Again

    Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes

    8.5

    I loved it and binge-watched it, but the last 4 or 3 episodes felt little tiring.
    Still, it was a sweet story, with good emotional beats and an uplifting message.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

  • Welcome 2 Life
    93. Welcome 2 Life

    Korean Drama - 2019, 32 episodes

    9.0

    Really good drama in my opinion!

    The crime aspects of the story were especially well done. There were no pretty deaths, the crime investigation was believable (of course with some fictional aspects, but nothing major enough to break my suspension of disbelief) and the villains downright chilling. 

    The characters were very well portrayed and written (same screenwriter as Falling for Innocence) and Lee Jae Sang is my kind of ML. Extremely flawed yet redeemable. 

    The directing and editing are also quite well done, even if I would have enjoyed longer shots of crime scenes...I understand some viewers do not like the goryness display, but the scene jumps were so abrupt sometimes that I had go back and pause to understand what was supposed to be shown.

    Watched: October 2019

  • What Happens to My Family?
    94. What Happens to My Family?

    Korean Drama - 2014, 53 episodes

    7.5

    It may not be the best family drama out there and I did fastforward quite a few scenes, but overall it's pretty enjoyable. 

    Most of the characters are both likeable and unlikeable at times, which isn't a bad thing as it makes them feel like real people. 

    The actors did a very good job and the only partial complain I have is that the eldest daughter's and the Director's love story was played more for laugh. It was sometimes entertaining, but also quite surreal and cringey especially in the first half of the show.

    Watched: fall 2019

  • What's Up, Fox?
    95. What's Up, Fox?

    Korean Drama - 2006, 16 episodes

    7.5

    This was a particularly daring drama for its time...actually it might still be a pretty daring drama nowdays considering Korea's standards for romcoms!

    I found it really enjoyable, but I can definitely feel this is from longer than 10 years ago. The second rewatch was pleasant as well, but I can't really give this show more than 7.5 as nothing really stands out beside a sense of uniqueness.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - early 2019
    2 - 16/12/2019-19/12/2019

  • Wok of Love
    96. Wok of Love

    Korean Drama - 2018, 38 episodes

    8.5

    This drama is a hot mess, but I still really liked it

    The love triangle's dinamics are refreshing and really unique. It's treated very maturely and the relationship among the three leads is adorable.
    Still, the writing is a mess...some plot points were dropped or never explored and in some places it feels downright awkward.

    That being said the second watch was enjoyable as well and I can definitely say that overall, even with its issues, this drama definitely had heart.

    REWATCH COUNT - 2
    1 - early 2019
    2 - 25/12/2019 - 30/12/2019

  • Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
    97. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes

    8.0

    It was fun! 

    It had to be considered that this is taken from a manga, so there's a lot of silliness a pretty much no realism at all.
    Still, it was a fun ride for what it was and it's a pretty rewatchable series with an ending that seems much better than what the manga managed to give.
    The OST main song was also quite catchy!

    Watched: fall 2019

  • Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
    98. Yankee-kun to Megane-chan

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes

    7.0

    Cute highschool romance.
    It is taken from a manga and it definitely feels like that.

    Watched: summer 2019

  • You're Beautiful
    99. You're Beautiful

    Korean Drama - 2009, 16 episodes

    6.0

    Not great but not bad either. 

    As all Hong Sisters' drama it has some uniqueness, but I also can't help but feel it falls flat once entering the second half of the drama. I didn't drop this one, but I felt like doing so more than once towards the last few episodes.

    Watched: spring 2019

  • Your Honor
    100. Your Honor

    Korean Drama - 2018, 32 episodes

    9.0

    This is SOOOO over the top that it's sometimes cringy. Yet, I loved it!

    Yoon Shi Yoon is so likeable that I just end up laughing at his overacting instead of getting mad and dropping the show right away.
    The FL character is my kind of calm female character that I tend to like even if some might find her boring.

    The story, even with the unrealistic and sort of cliche premise, wasn't too predictable and I was always curious (and often suprised) at the plot turns. The ending managed to be nice, even if a few episodes were cut. Some plot lines do get a 'softer' ending, but it doesn't feel incomplete.

    Watched: spring/summer 2019

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