Well folks, let me tell you first of all what my answer to this question is.
I’M A HARDCORE TAEBI SHIPPER SO EUN BI X TAE KWANG ALL THE WAY PEOPLE!!!
Ehem. So yes, back to the topic hahaha. [I can’t believe I’m actually going to be neutral about this analysis haha. Well … I’ll try to be :)]
Many people in various networking sites have been stating their opinions and analyses about who is best suited for our heroine, Eun Bi-ah. Is it the kind-hearted, hardworking swimmer, Han Yi An? Or the snarky, lazy but protective and
secretly caring Gong Tae Kwang?
Let’s look at Han Yi An’s perspective first.
It was stated several times throughout the drama (well, these 10 episodes that was released, at least) that Yi An and Eun Byul are childhood friends and spent their childhood together. This bond that they shared then grew into something more as they grew up, and became some sort of mutual affection for each other. Yi An wasn’t afraid of showering Eun Byul with affections, whereas Eun Byul is the “tsundere” here, acting all cold and bitchy towards him but we all know how she feels for him kekeke
(well, I can’t blame her, with a face and a body and a talent like that, who wouldn’t fall for Han Yi An?).
So yes, we know that the feeling is mutual, she feels something for him, he feels something for her - and then BOOM came the incident.
It’s now Eun Bi in Eun Byul’s place and poor Yi An still thinks that she’s the same Eun Byul, even with the amnesia. So yes, he still acts the same with her and helps her try to remember all those things they did before (ahh, the infamous “Do you remember?” catchphrase that was already becoming Yi An’s). The fact that he spent so much of his life with Eun Byul, those “ten years worth of memories” caused him to always ask that question to her. They’ve had so much experiences together and he wants her to “remember” them, because duh, precious, aren’t they?
Now, when Eun Bi regains her memories, she regains her “true” self, her Eun Bi self and not the mentality that she’s Eun Byul. And then she finds out that Yi An is actually her sister’s friend (and eventually finds out that he likes Eun Byul too), and then sticks to the pretense of being Yi An’s friend, due to the fact that the real Eun Byul and the swimmer are close (and need to get to know her twin sister as much as possible).
But in the later episodes, we can see that Yi An slowly became her friend and someone she trusts, but the definition of their “friendship” is still a bit vague, in my honest opinion.
Anyways, I have this gut feeling that Eun Bi’s starting to fall for Yi An (I hate my gut feeling sometimes. Oops, back to being neutral). You can see in the way she looks at him (kudos to one of my favorite actresses, Kim Sohyun, for portraying the characters of Eun Bi and Eun Byul so well!) and she just gives off that vibe. However, there’s one
HUGE problem. Let’s go back to what I’ve said five paragraphs ago.
YI AN LOVES EUN BYUL. Yes, read that again. Eun Byul. He loves Eun Byul. Who he loves is that prickly, cold girl who would give him the cold shoulder and act indifferent at times but really just has a hard time showing her feelings
(omfg why does this line sound so familiar omfg do you guys know who I’m thinking of?) Now, I know that he said that he’s liking this “new Eun Byul” better but hey, what’s his mentality again? That Eun Bi is Eun Byul. Sadly, she isn’t, and Eun Byul’s still out there (OMG GO EUN BYUL IS ALIVE). My point?
//Sighs// Guys. I still haven’t watched the latest episode but let me tell you all what I think. Yi An already loves THE Eun Byul from before, the real Eun Byul, but since he actually said that he’s liking the new Eun Byul better, it makes me think that he still loves Eun Byul and not Eun Bi. He said that he’s liking the new her better, but this is my take: he likes this change because now, she’s actually paying attention to him and not pushing him away like she used to before. It’s working for him, this new change in “her” attitude, that is. The catch? He doesn’t see Eun Bi. He still sees Eun Byul. He thinks that Eun Byul is actually changing for the better now. Our Eun Bi, on the other hand, is not so lucky. She looks like she’s falling for him and it’s not good, because Yi An loves Eun Byul and not her.
I don’t think Yi An’s going to immediately love Eun Bi after all this revelation. After all, he spent more than half of his life with Eun Byul and that is the girl that he loves, not Eun Bi. It would be hard to forget everything, forget those ten years worth of memories just to love this “new” girl that has the face of Eun Byul but the attitude of Eun Bi. It’s wrong in so many aspects. It’s damn confusing. It would be like in Eun Byul’s foster mother’s case : pretending to stand in Eun Byul’s shoes.
And now let’s go to
my cutie baby, my Sungjaenggie~, Gong Tae Kwang’s perspective. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED OHYEAH BABY Umm, anyways, pardon my TaeBi shipper side. It’s trying to butt in.
Gong Tae Kwang, Gong Tae Kwang, Gong Tae Kwang.
Our mischievous, snarky troublemaker. During the first few episodes (2nd episode, if I remember correctly), Tae Kwang said several times that Eun Byul doesn’t acknowledge him. She just receives acknowledgements and doesn’t do one in return. He even said that she had stated before that he’s someone not worth giving a greeting to. It’s not a secret that from the first few episodes wherein he still thinks that Eun Byul is actually Eun Byul and not Eun Bi, he has harbored negative impressions towards the former.
So yes, now that it’s Eun Bi in Eun Byul’s place, everyone’s thinking that Eun Byul must’ve cracked her head really hard because of the 360-degree change in her attitude, and that includes Tae Kwang. You can see that he’s quite taken aback by this change in her attitude, but still maintains that cold and indifferent behavior towards her, until that encounter in the school clinic that is. Well, let’s just say that his demeanor softened during that encounter. We all know that Tae Kwang has a difficult past, coming out from a broken family being the cause. He’s always had a difficult time on expressing his feelings (as said by his father), and tends to isolate himself from people and when he does interact with his classmates, it’s to annoy the shit out of them (but seriously, this is his way of getting along with them, after all, he’s had a hard time expressing what he really wanted to). But when he encountered Eun Bi (who’s regained her memories, then) in the clinic, he’s got to share one of the darkest secrets he’s had, one of those that he kept well deep in his heart. He’s got to share it easily, though of course, under the pretense of them “lying” to each other. He knows that he won’t be taken seriously by people, let alone Eun Byul, should he expose this secret to all but he still shared this. Why? Maybe it’s because Eun Bi’s making him feel comfortable with her. You can even see that with their encounter in the bridge, where he told her that he “wanted to be alone”
(yeah, real smooth there aren’t we, Gong Tae?). I don’t think he would say that to anyone else in their school, perhaps in joking, but saying that? And to Eun Bi, of all people? It’s the start of their connection. Their encounter there is also where he and Eun Bi played around with each other. Yes, let’s repeat that. Played. Around. With. Each. Other. I bet the other students haven’t seen Tae Kwang act that comfortable around someone.
And then there’s the scene with him carrying Eun Bi’s bag. We can see that after snapping a picture of him dangling her bag over the water, he immediately hugs it close to his chest as if afraid of letting go. It’s seriously very heartwarming. It’s like he doesn’t want lose her trust, it’s like he doesn’t want to lose this connection with her. And the fact that he told Yi An, who came to get the bag, that his intention is to see Eun Bi? D’aww. Adorableness.
Now, let’s fast-forward to when he heard of Eun Bi and So Young in the rooftop. He actually came to her rescue and scared So Young,
that immature, deceiving, cunning little btch that she is, away (he actually was disturbed from sleeping but to put it simply, let’s lay it out this way). When Eun Bi walked out, he followed her, then stopped short at the sight of the girl sitting down the steps and lost in her own misery. He didn’t confront her, nor try to comfort her, but he’s there, silently looking out for her while she’s at her most vulnerable state. Now this is a big change in his attitude. He doesn’t care about other people’s business so why does he concern himself with Eun Bi now? He could’ve just walked away and scoff at her but nooooo, he just had to stay right there and watch over her and make my heart melt with his caring nature omg the things you do to me Gong Tae Kwang. Maybe it’s his curiosity about what the matter is about, but guys, this is Tae Kwang we’re talking about. He doesn’t really, overtly concern himself with other people, as I’ve said earlier, but now he’s acting all protective over one girl that he claimed to be in bad terms with. He even helped her make up with Yeong Eun by driving the toy car. And he didn’t just stayed there for her once - he did it twice. The second time around, he wanted to pat her back and say something snarky (to cheer her up I suppose, as you can take from his smile before), but stops and just stands there without looking at her, letting her have her privacy but also being there for her at the same time. A lot of time had passed, we can tell, since Eun Bi started crying but he still stood there wordlessly, without any complaints. When he walked her back to their house and he just waved her off when she tried to explain - it speaks volumes.
Let’s get back on track. When he sensed that something’s fishy between So Young and Eun Bi, and after he witnessed that exchange on the rooftop, he became like a mother hen - always around to protect Eun Bi. When So Young attempted to take a picture of Eun Bi (with Song Joo and Shi Jin), he popped in to scare her away (and gave away her intention). And then he follows our heroine during dismissal, keeping his distance but still has his eyes out for her - only to be caught by the girl. When confronted, he let slip that he worries for her. Ooh, Freudian slip, anyone? (and we all know how a Freudian slip works, right? You say those things in your unconscious mind without being aware of doing so). Oh, so you’re really worried about Eun Bi now, huh, Tae Kwang? //smiles slyly//
This is a freaking complete change in his attitude. Well, not really since he’s still that same old snarky and apathetic guy that he is but with Eun Bi, matters are different. If before, he just lazed around without a care, living his life, ironically, lifelessly as if in a routine, now, he’s got a deeper meaning to live everyday, something that even made him stay and prevented him from living on his father’s command of going abroad.
Eun Bi changed him. Eun Bi let him see that there’s more to his life. She’s that ray of sunshine that brightened up his life. We can see that he has feelings for her, but the girl, unfortunately, is too caught up with Yi An (friendship? love? I dunno for sure yet) to see it well enough. For now, his love for Eun Bi is one-sided. For now, at least.
Honestly, I don’t really want the Yi An/Eun Bi ship (there, I’ve said it!), and I love Tae Kwang/Eun Bi more. But the scary thing is, I can see that there’s a chance that the Yi An/Eun Bi (YiEun) ship could sail further. However, the Tae Kwang/Eun Bi (TaeBi) ship is also prepping up, and is already catching up to the YiEun ship. Both have big chances of happening, though the TaeBi ship one-upped YiEun with the news of Eun Byul being alive still
(OMFG YES YES TAEBIIIII)
However, I ship Yi An/Eun Byul and then Tae Kwang/Eun Bi.
They fit each other like a key fits into a lock.
Han Yi An is that ray of sunshine that Eun Byul needs in her life. She’s cold, she’s prickly, but Yi An’s the only one that has the ability to melt that ice. She couldn’t have showed him the effect he has on her, but once she turns around, she’s all smiles and bubbly.
Go Eun Byul is the one thing that keeps Yi An on his toes. He has a bright, hardworking and kind father, he has kind classmates that cheer on him, he has his fans, and then there’s Eun Byul - the one person who couldn’t be swayed by his charms (at least, not explicitly). She’s the one that balances out all the good and bright in his life, and (together with swimming) is the one that reminds him that you need to work hard in order to achieve something. And that is, Eun Byul’s heart and affections.
Gong Tae Kwang is that firm hand behind Eun Bi’s back that keeps her going. He’s the one firm, unbending piece of steel that keeps her steady, that reminds her that someone’s out there for her, that finally, someone is there to catch her and defend her and protect her. He’s that knight in shining armor that was missing all these years (not that our heroine couldn’t protect herself, of course). He’s the one thing, the one support that Eun Bi needs to rise up and stand for herself.
Lee Eun Bi is that sudden splash of viridian and crimson and sky blues and yellows in Tae Kwang’s monochrome life. She’s the one that lit up his life and gave color to it, no matter how cliche that sounds. She’s that one reminder that there’s still a good to the bad, that there’s still something positive amidst the negative mess that is his life and his relationship with his parents. He’s changing for the better because of her. She’s the reason why he learned how to feel worried for a loved one and happy and all those good stuff all at the same time - a set of emotions that was added to the once full-of-negatives list. He learned how to protect, how to care, how to truly love, thanks to Eun Bi. It’s all thanks to her that he’s become much more human now.
So yes, that’s it. We have TaeBi (Gong Tae Kwang and Lee Eun Bi) and YiByul (Han Yi An and Go Eun Byul) as the final ships I’m gonna sail with.
I’M GOING DOWN WITH THESE SHIPS I MEAN, LOOK AT GONG TAE AND EUN BI BEING SO ADORABLE TOGETHER AND THEN YI AN AND EUN BYUL LOOKING SO CUTE WITH THEIR BICKERING MOMENTS OMFG
But yeah, there we have it, TaeBi and YiByul. :D
P.S. Am just gonna leave Gong Tae’s quote in here for you all to ponder on.
“Did you know two magnetic poles of the same polarity push each other apart?”