These are my favorite dramas of the 2013 season. Granted I did not watch a WHOLE lot of 2013 dramas but these are the ones that caught my eye and well gave me all the feels I could ever want. You may not agree with me 100% or maybe not even 1% but as always this is MY personal opinion and if you do not agree feel free to leave your own TOP 9 dramas of 2013 in my ask box or as a response to this post. Now these dramas are not in any particular order because I have a hard time making preferences about what is better than something else. So I hope you enjoy this post and if you havent seen any of these dramas I recommend reading my review and or watching them for yourselves!
Heartless City: A drama that had me from episode one. Drugs, violence, hot men, beautiful women, crime, and all the things that make up a mystery type drama was all in play in this and I loved every moment. Every curve ball they threw, every moment that made me scream in anger or scream in surprise by who was an undercover or who was stabbing who in the back. The badassness that is this drama makes it so damn amazing that I just simply cant put into words how much enjoyed this drama. It was shot beautifully, though the censorship in this could of been turned down a couple notches, the actors and actresses in this were spot on and the story behind it all was so freaking good. It was a drama that had me rolling on the floor like an idiot because of what was going on in it. It was fast pace, interesting and well it made me have all the feels in the world. I loved it from start to finish and it just was one hell of a ride watching it.
Flower Boy Next Door : This drama was a real big surprise to me, if Im going to be completely honest. It had all the things that I find rather annoying about romantic comedies, the things that make me squeal with horror, but made it work. It was cheesy and goofy and I loved every moment of it, which is rather odd considering my personal taste in dramas. I fell in love with the characters from our main couple to the sometimes rather creepy second lead, to our supporting males and even the rather mean second female. They all seemed to work well together and the characters where just people that you could really connect to in some way or another. The acting was great, and even though some people dont like Park Shin Hye, I enjoyed her a lot in this drama, because she reminded me of myself. Though I wish I was surrounded by good looking men, but sadly Im not. It wasnt a boring story and it didnt drag on for too long like some dramas, it was just perfect in the way it was delivered from start to finish, and in my opinion are rather great drama that you could introduce your friends to Asian dramas with.
Itazura Na Kiss Love In Tokyo: Now if you know me and how much I adore Itazura Na Kiss the anime and how much I fell in love with It Started with a Kiss and how much I hated Playful Kiss, then you know I was rather hesitant on watching this new remake. Guys I was so scared because this series is something rather close to my heart, being it was one of my first anime and how attached I was to the characters in the Taiwanese version. But putting all that aside, I dived in and man Im glad I did. Though it wasnt perfect , it did have the essence that I was looking for when it comes to a live action of this story. It had the characters I loved and they were portrayed well. The story ran smoothly and I didnt find myself comparing it to the other dramas as much as I thought I would. It made me cry and it made me laugh and I felt that it did an amazing job for the short amount of time that it had to tell the story of the coupe that I really love. I was super impressed and I loved it to pieces. Im even more excited to see the next season and hoping that it will be just as great as this was.
Shark: Oh come on, let me tell you how much I screamed and yelled and cried over this drama, well I may not have to if you watched it yourself. This was one of the dramas I watched in 2013 that was airing while I was watching it. I was hooked from episode one, it starting in the present and moving back to the past back in forth really made for a good intro to the story, and if you know me I love a back-story with kids, its one of my favorite things. The story was interesting and they mystery part keeps you going. The use of dramatic irony was also a good feature because it made it interesting to watch as our leading female tried to figure out who our main lead really was, and we already knew. I love when things like that happen. Though there were some big surprises in this drama and it just never got boring to me. Plus the love of my life (Lee Soo Hyuk) was in it and I could help but scream in fan girl delight whenever his face appeared on screen. I loved it, plain and simple from the melodramatic parts to the action and mystery that surrounded the whole thing. It was well shot, acted, and written and had one of the best songs off a 2013 drama.
That Winter The Wind Blows: I was so excited and yet hesitant to watch this drama because it was based on a movie which I really enjoyed. But once I started watching it, I was hooked. Me and melodramas are just meant to be together and it had all the things of a melodramatic story that I could ever want. I was crying tears that could flood a river, and smiling from ear to ear with all its cute moments as well. The acting in it was outstanding for the most part and the story was genuinely interesting. The characters developed well, and even though you may of hated some character for the things they were doing, deep down I still liked them all. And even though the ending kind of left me on a flat note, I could forgive it , because the journey to the end was so amazing. It truly was one of the best dramas of the year from the writing, to the cinematography, to the OST it truly hit all the crucial material that makes up a well rounded and successful drama in my opinion and is one I would watch over and over again, though it might lead me to depression.
Master’s Sun: Now this is a drama that fan boys and girls alike squealed over and over during is airing time, and Im not going to lie, I was one of them. The cast in this drama was what got to me at first, I was super excited to see them all working together because there are some pretty amazing people in this! Then the story, it wasnt something I had actually seen before in a drama and though it wasnt “scary” like some people thought it might of been, I still enjoyed it a lot. Ghosts, I love them and seeing them in a drama and the way they were used really made it that more enjoyable. Then throw in a main couple that makes your heart melt and then second leading male that makes you want to die because you want to root for him but you want to root for our main male, then throw in the “bitch” that is too lovable to hate and you have the main characters that you just love to watch. Though it was a romantic comedy, and those arent usually my style, I found myself loving every moment and laughing harder than I had in a while. And even though there was laughter there were still tender and heartbreaking moments that made you cry your eyes out and I really loved the mix of it all. Truly a really great show.
The Queen’s Classroom: A drama that doesnt have to have a love line to make it worth watching was this one. A story of kids and their teacher, sounds boring enough if you think about it like that, but the story itself really was a great one. I had never seen the original version but this version made me want to watch it. I found myself so attached to these kids and wondering why our “evil witch” of a teacher was doing the things she was doing, and though I knew deep down, I still found myself wide eyed by how FAR she would take it. The cast, excluding the adults, these children were amazing and I even saw some kids that I remember from previous shows that had grown up and it made me feel so nostalgic about it. Just a story of kids growing up, and not our high school kids, but elementary kids..it was pretty much amazing. Even my grandma watched it with me. I cant really put into words why I loved this story, but there was just something about it that made me have feels and made it one of my favorites of 2013.
Tonbi: Now I dont know many people who watched this drama in 2013 and I would consider it to be an underdog myself, because well it dosent have the romance most people are looking for, but to me..it has something much much better. Heart. It has the heart and relationship between family that really gets you right in the heart and makes you feel all kinds of emotions. I cried because I was happy, I cried because I was sad and I cried even when I didnt know why I was crying. This show had emotion and it didnt have the sad breakup or any of the stuff that we see in a lot of drama. It had emotion between a father and his son, and their story. Their story about living life and how the son came to be the man he is today because of the trails his father went through to raise him. It was just a really touching story that made me emotionally drained in a good way. I loved it and though its short and underrated and not a whole lot of people saw it, it was one of my favorite dramas of 2013.
Good Doctor: The tears or the tears that were shed while watching this drama. Now I know people were super excited about this drama because of WHO was in it, and dont get me wrong I was jumping up and down because of it too, but there were people who didnt want it to be a MEDICAL drama. Now for me, I LOVE medical dramas, they really interested me, and the fact that this was one made me super excited to watch. From episodes one, not even 15 minutes into it, I was crying like baby, and thats when I knew this was going to be one hell of a show. The story and the characters, though sometimes annoying and just plain old rude, they were what made the show what it was. Our leading male pulled off a an amazing performance that I will never forget and all the little side stories that were thrown into the mix, were all worth watching and well made you have all the feels that you could ever want. It was a tear fest from start to finish and I loved everything about it. It was drama that I couldnt wait for the next episode and I just counted down the days. It was perfect and it is a drama worth watching and may I say paying the outlandish price for on DVD.
Well that's my sweet little list of 9 dramas that really just stuck with me this year. There were more dramas that almost made it, but I had to cut down the list. Dramas like Gu Family Book, Secret Love, Reply 1994, Suspicious Housekeep, Kazoku Game, Two Weeks, Nine Times Time Travel, they were all really good too so check them out as well. But those above are my TOP of the TOP!
“Cruel city is a drama that is just on another level. The story, the characters, the dark scenes and doctor’s son. It’s not a typical kdrama but I just love it, and when I watch it, I feel like I live in another world. I’m really waiting for drama that is as good and dark as this cause the only drama that comes near this is signal.
The world is like a mirror. If you spit and curse at it…the world will spit and curse back at you. If you laugh… I’m sure the world will follow and laugh with you, too. So don’t be so serious and…just laugh.