The edit above is not in the order of my top 10 but the list below is. This was my first time making an edit so I was just trying to make it all fit, lol. Please feel free to tell me your thoughts on these dramas, I’d love to hear that ya’ll think!
1. Descendants of the Sun (Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won)
This was the first drama I followed along with while it was airing and it cemented my stay in kdrama-land so I’ll forever be grateful for that. I loved everything about this drama from the cast to the plot, I thought it was unique and funny and so very enjoyable to watch. A soldier and doctor falling in love in the middle of a crisis with brilliantly amusing scenes and secondary characters? It’s a win for sure. I think it found the perfect balance between drama, action, romance, and comedy. Also, the OSTs in the drama were amazing; Talk Love by K.Will will forever be one of my favorites.
2. Goblin (Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Kim Go Eun)
So I’m cheating a little with this one because it didn’t finish airing in 2016, but this is currently my favorite drama so I felt obligated to put this on my list. This was my first real venture into a fantasy kdrama and I love everything about it. The aesthetics and cinematography is unreal, the cast is fantastic, the beginnings of romance is natural, but the bromance and friendships are probably my favorite things about this drama. It’s honestly just so witty and fun and the performance by each actor is amazing. It never fails to make me smile or laugh. Since it’s by the same writer as DOTS, it has the perfect combination of fantasy, romance, drama, and comedy. Also, the OSTS are wickedly good in this as well.
3. The K2 (Ji Chang Wook, Im YoonA, Song Yoon Ah)
Despite the drama surrounding the characters and it’s obvious problems story-wise, I loved The K2. One of my favorite genres is action-romance and this drama was packed with both. JCW is brilliant as always in acting but his action scenes were amazing. I thought the plot was pretty unique and the lead three gave great performances (I know people thought YoonA’s character was useless, but I didn’t; the story literally wouldn’t exist without her, lol). I have to praise Song Yoon Ah for her performance especially because this was the first time I empathized with the villain; I certainly didn’t agree with everything she did, but they gave a depth to her character that I really appreciated. There are some things I’ll never understand regarding the drama, but I don’t want to spoil anything for others so I won’t mention it here.
4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk)
Again, this drama has yet to end, but I honestly think that this is one of the most brilliant dramas of 2016. It’s a feel-good, coming-of-age drama that balances romance, comedy, and friendship and that honestly delivers each week. It tackles first love and all the innocence and insecurities that comes with liking someone unattainable, it explores friendship between women and the unbreakable bond you can make with life-long friends in college, it shows characters with unhealthy issues taking the right steps to get help, and it shows how guys should treat girls and how naturally you can fall in love with your best friend. Most of all though, it tells us that it’s okay to fall out of love with your talents and what you have been doing your entire life; it’s okay to take a break, try new things, and find yourself. Brilliant cast, brilliant writing, and brilliant performances.
5. Reply 1988 (Lee Hye Ri, Park Bo Gum, Ryu Jun Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo, Lee Dong Hwi)
I’m late to the game but there are not enough words to describe what a good drama this is. I love that it focused so much on family bonds rather than romantic love. More than the individual families, the entire block was one big family that supported and took care of each other. I laughed, I cried, and I was happy when they were happy. The line between friendship and family is easily blurred in this drama because I swear the kids were more like family than they were friends. The parents’ friendship also made me happy because for once there was no evil parent or scheming; they all loved their kids and were such good friends with each other. There were so many lessons to learn from in this drama, it’s A+. Also, the goat noises made my life.
6. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Lee Joon Ki, IU, Kang Ha Neul)
I had/have a love-hate relationship with this drama. This was my first saeguk drama and I did really like a lot of things about it. The cinematography was beautiful, it really was so well done. I liked most of the characters, especially early in the show when it was more funny and cute. And the actors, even the idol-actors, did well in my opinion. What I hated was how they tried to jam-pack the Chinese version into the last 4 episodes, the insanely terrible editing that just made it seem like the characterization for leads did not align at all with what we knew about them, and the ending. I truly detested the ending; it was sloppy and unnecessary. If they didn’t cut that one scene from that ending, I would have been satisfied but they chose to do a disservice to the characters and for that reason alone, I’ll probably never re-watch this drama.
7. Age of Youth (Han Ye-ri, Han Seung-yeon, Park Eun-bin, Ryu Hwa-young, Park Hye-soo )
I loved everything about this drama. The friendship between the Belle Epoque girls made me smile; they grew from being so awkward with each other to being such good friends. They teased, fought, and took care of each other like any good roommates would do while living their own lives. The drama did brilliantly in highlighting each girl’s unique struggles and allowing them to grow because of them. There is nothing I didn’t like about this drama; it was funny, interesting, and just really good. The Belle Epoque girls are special.
8. The Legend of the Blue Sea (Lee Min Ho, Jun Ji Hyun)
I like drama a lot but mostly because of JJH’s character and performance. I’ve never failed to smile, laugh, or feel second-hand embarrassment for her character and that just really made the drama fun. I’m not really a big LMH fan, I think he’s an decent actor, but I think this is probably my favorite role of his. He’s actually doing really well and I really enjoy his character. One of my main issues is the plot and direction of the drama; I think it’s been a little sloppy and some things just don’t make sense and are poorly explained. Also it’s taking forever to get through some of the sub-plots and it honestly just feels like a waste of time. To be quite honest and in my opinion, if the leads weren’t as big stars as they are, this drama would not be doing as well as it is now.
9. Doctor Crush (Park Shin Hye, Kim Rae Won, Lee Sung Kyung, Yoon Kyun Sang)
The beginning of this drama was brilliant; PSH’s character was the epitome of a bad-girl who was also kind to her friends. I loved the plot; a girl with an attitude problem with no care in the world changing her ways and becoming a brilliant physician to not only prove people wrong but also to get revenge on the people that wronged/hurt her? Yeah, sign me up for a drama like that. The secondary characters were great, there really were some comedic scenes with them. I liked the medical part of the drama and PSH’s friendship with her childhood best friend and the other doctors. What I hated what that she never really got her revenge; they went with the most predictable way of the guy getting out of it for a medical drama and I hated that. He wasn’t even sincerely apologetic for what he had done. And honestly, I also hated that she never really called out step-mother for being such a terrible person. I had higher expectations for this drama.
10. Cinderella and the Four Knights (Park So Dam, Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun)
This was definitely more of a feel good drama for me. I love the “cinderella” trope so this was just really cute. Park So Dam was just adorable and she made the story fun. There was nothing overly special about this drama; it was fun and light, there were some pretty-boys, and a sweet best friend. All the makings of a classic feel-good drama. My favorite thing would probably have to be the OSTs in this drama; they were all just so good and I still re-play some of them.
Imagine Tina Goldstein having a huuuge crush on this famous senior back in her Ilvemorny days, but she was too shy to talk to him, he didnt even know who the hell she was. Tina kept it a secret for years, until, said senior in Ilvemorny happened to be her senior Auror at MACUSA and he, hulla, started hitting on her.
what she means:
dan and phil are literally the real life version of yuri and viktor dan started off being a fan or phil’s just like yuri was a fan of viktor and knowing dan he was probably adorably awkward at first like yuri was and then they both go from being in an “i look up to you" relationship to an equals friendship not to mention the 4 year age gap between both couples and canon or not, we all know dan and phil love each other and yuri and viktor love each other i’m actually dead inside
- Tina is 25 years old (damn gurl, so young to have such a distinguished career). Newt is 29 years old. There is a 4-year age gap. I love it (see also: WildeHopps)
- Tina’s middle name is ‘Esther’ which means ‘Star’. ‘Artemis’ which is Newt’s middle name is the ‘Goddess of the Moon’
- Porpentina comes from ye olden word Porpentine which means Porcupine. Newts and Porcupines. HOW CUTE IS IT THAT THEY BOTH HAVE ANIMAL NAMES?
- (Not really Newtina but..) Tina’s birthday is on August 19th, which makes her a Leo. Who else do we know who’s a Leo? (hint: It starts with an H then a P)
- Tina’s bed is predominantly blue and green, which is different because she prefers monochrome in her wardrobe. Who else do we know who has a blue and green color scheme, and whose eyes can either be blue or green?
- Tina is a Thunderbird. She has the soul of an adventurer. She eventually marries a renowned traveler and accomplish her hearts’ desire of travelling the world (she deserves it honestly).
Things you probably didn’t know about hockey players
Part of Jack Eichel’s right ear is plastic, he took a puck to the ear when he was 17.
Jack Eichel has always been an introvert and only cared about hockey his entire childhood. He loved skating alone in freezing weather since he was 5 years old; he never used to sleep over at his friends’, he rather came back home early to wake up really soon next morning to go skate; he started lifting and doing pushups when he was 10 years old; he used to spend his evenings improving his shooting and controlling puck in the basement instead of watching TV.
Connor McDavid’s parents had to lie about his age when he was 4 years old so he could play actual hockey (only 5y.o.+ kids could play).
Auston Matthews’ mother Emma helped her son celebrate his 18th birthday on Sept. 17 by preparing a favorite meal (tortilla soup) for him and his Zurich teammates.
Aaron Ekblad’s last name is Swedish, his great-grandfather moved from Sweden to Canada.
Thomas Vanek and Leon Draisaitl speak 4 languages: English, German, Czech and Slovak.
4 Czech players: Jakub Voráček, Ondřej Pavelec, Jiří Tlustý and Jakub Kovář starred in ‘Babovřesky 2′ (Old Gossipton 2), a Czech comedy from 2014, where they played quite important role through the entire storyline.
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s older brother Alexander died of “special circumstance” at event of celebrating May 1st in Chelyabinsk. At the funeral, Evgeny (12) said to the casket: “One day I’ll be a hockey star, earn much money and organize a big hockey tournament named after you.”
Anže Kopitar’s daughter Neža was conceived at the night the Kings won their 2014 Stanley Cup on Friday the 13th and was born exactly 9 months later, also on Friday the 13th.
So I find out yesterday that the english dub of YOI has stated that when Victor was 16, Yuri was 12 (a 4 year age gap, which is actually incorrect if I remember, because the Japanese version said he was 21 when Victor was 27?? That’s a 6 year age gap). And then I remembered that American TV often changes the age distance between characters who are love interests to be closer together because that;s how Americans like to see couples.
AND THEN THIS FUCKING EPISODE AIRS AND I’M JUST LIKE…. THE AMERICANS KNEW. THEY KNEW AHEAD OF TIME THEY DID THIS ON PURPOSE DIDN’T THEY.
Red hair, green eyes, fiery personalities, taller guys, warmth, campfire smell, sea-salt ice cream, free sea-salt ice cream, guys that playfully mess with you, annoying smirks, know-it-alls, hips that don’t lie, numbers 13 and 8, former members of some organizations, loud off key singing but great dance moves, Axel as a person in general
So, Josuke. I’ve touched on this before, but developing Crazy Diamond at such a young age (4 years old) seems to have permanently altered Josuke’s perception of cause-and-effect, particularly as it pertains to pain in others. He has a particularly skewed form of empathy; not that he is not empathetic, but that it is perhaps dulled.
He’s spent ¾ths of his life being able to heal people and things, which, at his age, is definitely long enough to have changed the way he thinks about and reacts to injury. He’s said it himself: he fixed broken bones in others all the time. Things that might be a traumatic experience to others are something he can make vanish with a snap of his fingers. While this is undoubtedly handy, it also means he’d have a hard time processing the severity of an injury’s effect emotionally or mentally on others. Sure, he can’t heal himself, but that also means he’s unaware that trauma doesn’t disappear with the wound.
As such, he’s become numb to physical harm. He punches through two people in a gruesome manner, one of them being his own mother, and heals them up in a flash without so much as blinking. He doesn’t seem to be disturbed by his own actions because he knows he can heal them later, disregarding the fact that he just punched a bloody, gaping hole through another person. When Okuyasu’s arm is cut off during the Red Hot Chili Peppers arc, instead of reacting with any sense of urgency, panic, or any other emotion you might associate with having your best friend lose his arm and be dragged away by the enemy, he completely underreacts, viewing it as an advantageous thing in the long run, and is completely unconcerned with the severity of the injury and situation because he can just stitch Oku up in a flash.
It’s probably for this reason that Ryohei’s death affected him so much. It’s not just because he was family. It’s not just because it was a side effect of Josuke not paying attention. This is the first thing he could not fix. He healed everything, he was there as soon as possible. Death by injury is as impossible for Josuke to understand as Stands are to non-Stand users. It’s not just that he was in denial; another person dying of injury, an injury that he could not fix, was quite literally impossible for him to understand. His brain could not register it as even being a fact.