Another year in Dramaland is over and what a year it was! LITERALLY MAGICAL as it was a year of reincarnations and love stories transcending time and space. It will definitely go down as one of the very best of years, making up for the abysmal 2015.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (AKA the drama with 2 episodes worth of deleted scenes)
Never have I watched a drama that would frustrate me so nor one which would be so full of contrasts (and DELETED SCENES!) - at times brilliant while at others donwright awful (the last 2,5 episodes need rewriting) be it the writing, acting or directing. Though, there was ONE THING that was UNFAILINGLY AWFUL from the beginning to the very (HEARTWRENCHING AND INCOMPLETE) end - THE EDITING. The acting ranged from bad to mediocre to one unforgettable performance that outshined everything - Lee Joon Gi’s mesmerizing portrayal of Prince Wang So. Wang So’s undying love for his lover and his chemistry with Lee Ji Eun created a love story for the ages (even if the last 2,5 episodes made me lose all the love and sympathy I had for Hae Soo). Whether you love Moon Lovers or hate it, it never felt boring and it always managed to inspire strong emotions. The story was never happy to begin with - there was so much pain, suffering, tears, emotions, hate, love, regrets, disappointments and imperfections - YET I WILL FOREVER LOVE IT, ALL OF IT!
The Legend of the Blue Sea
Has there ever been a more tragic story than that of Kim Dam Ryung and his beloved Se Hwa? Has there ever been a tale about a love so great, yet so sad? A sad and hidden love story which has begun 400 years, will the star-crossed lovers get the happiness they deserve? Those are the questions only 2017 can answer. From all the fantasy dramas, LotBS is the one which resembles a fairy tale the most, yet at the same time it feels so real. JJH and LMH are simply amazing and The Second Moon and Lee Sun Hee OSTs create the perfect background for the magical story.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
After the disappointments that were Heirs and The Descendants of the Sun, Kim Eun Sook has once again showed her brilliance. Though, the Goblin OTP completely lacks in the chemistry and romantic department, the rest of the drama makes up for it, including the secondary OTP and the bromance.
Suki Na Hito Ga Iru Koto
After so many years, a great jdrama rom-com! FINALLY!
Kurosaki-kun No Iinari Ni Nante Naranai
I still can’t believe this movie (+ 2-part SP) is real! I mean a teenage romance with open-mouthed kisses and HICKEYS! MY FAVOURITE HIGH-SCHOOL ROMANCE IN JDRAMALAND!
Nobunaga Concerto The Movie
SIMPLY EPIC! It contains everything I missed in the drama. I’ve re-watched it 4 times, and each time I ended up crying during the final 5 minutes. All hail SHUN OGURI - one of the best actors Japan ever had!