Jona’s Year End Drama Round Up #6: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Story: Bok Joo is a weightlifting student at an athletics college. She has a promising future, high ambitions, and a supportive father and uncle. However, her self image, social pressure and her recent discovery of boys conflict with her dreams of excelling in a decidedly unfeminine sport. Joon Hyung is a talented swimmer with competition anxiety who attends the same school. After some interpersonal friction, he realizes Bok Joo is his life savior and sets about teasing his childhood friend relentlessly until a reluctant bond forms between them. A budding romance soon follows as both begin to learn more about themselves and following their dreams.
First Female Lead: If Bok Joo did anything for me as a character, it was to give me a much greater appreciation for Lee Sung Kyung as an actress. While I quite liked her performance in Cheese In the Trap, her role in WLFKBJ is really transformative, from her posture to her line delivery. Bok Joo herself threw me for a loop. I frequently found her frustratingly immature, but that might just mean that I’ve aged out of the demographic here. She is often unlikable, but not all female character need to be likable. Her growth arc was believable and largely satisfying, and that really is the most crucial thing here.
First Male Lead: Joon Hyung is the reason to watch this drama. I don’t really think that’s a controversial statement. He is one of the more respectful, fully twitterpated male leads in recent memory. At least post the first couple of episodes. And it’s probably Nam Joo Hyun’s best role to date. Hopefully he’ll get more like this in the future, because he pulls off cuddly puppy dog way better than prickly water god.
Second Female Lead: I don’t really have anything to back this up, just a suspicion of mine, but I suspect that the original audience for WLFKBJ was not particularly kind to Shi Ho when the drama aired. She just seems like one of those female characters people love to hate. And for the first part of the drama she was indeed frustrating, as she fell into a lot of the expected SFL tropes. She broke the male lead’s heart but now she wants him back. She’s jealous and hard to get along with. But honest to goodness, at a certain point in the drama (after most of the important plot threads resolved a little too early) finding out how Shi Ho’s arc would be handled was the only thing that kept me watching until the end.
Second Male Lead: Jae Yi is probably my biggest sticking point in this drama. The entire “weight loss clinic” arc actually put my teeth on edge. I just found it really uncomfortable. Even within the context of the drama the age difference was visibly uncomfortable. Bok Joo lying and losing weight as an athlete was uncomfortable. Crushing on and pursuing and relationship with her doctor was uncomfortable, and the fact that Jae Yi didn’t do a better job setting boundaries made it all worse for me. I don’t know. I just couldn’t with his plot line. I was really relieved when it was over, and it went on way to long for me.
Feels: I feel like I’ve been trying to finish this review forever, honestly. I started writing it so long ago and just didn’t feel the initiative post it. Now we’re at the end of the year and it still barely exists. I enjoyed this drama. I thought it was overall very sweet, especially the male lead. I think that was the consensus for most of the fandom. But I don’t feel as passionately about it as other people. Do I think it’s overrated? Yeah, a little bit. But it’s not trying to be a groundbreaking piece of media. It’s supposed to be fluffy, lighthearted and uplifting. Which it is.
Would I recommend Weightlifting Fairy? Sure. If you like this kind of tone and this kind of setting, I think this is a really tight, well executed college/sports romance with a very charming cast. Not a whole lot of strife and pretty well paced. This isn’t really my bag, tbh, but I understand the appeal and I can appreciate it for what it is. I think I just need a little more darkness and melodrama in my media. But you'll probably enjoy yourself.
basically, i always get a bit annoyed when people constantly beg for attention. sure, i do it too !! i'm always looking for validation from my partners and friends as well ; but there’s a difference between asking for an opinion on an edit / piece of writing, or nudging your partners into the direction of a meme / starter call / open starter you want them to send and / or react to and straight up bullying your followers into interacting with you. i can’t help but roll my eyes when people reblog the same memes a trillion times in a row, simply begging for people to send one in. once again, i get the need for validation, but there’s this thing called live ; and don’t expect people on here to be waiting for you with a marching band every time you throw something on the dash.
So I’ve always been obsessed with @modmad ‘s art style and her comics, and to sorta congratulate her on her awesome kickstarter for TPOH, I wanted to draw her a little MagicStone! (Also I just wanted an excuse to draw Gladstone’s hair but woah woops it turned into this, great)
Starting with how Bakugou has loved his quirk from the moment he got it cause it made him feel powerful and better, comparing it to how Kirishima started hating his own for a while cause the first thing he did with it was hurt himself. Going on with how Bakugou grew up being a bully and Kirishima fighting them - and how Bakugou was strong and feared while Kirishima was ignored and taken lightly because he was considered weak. How Bakugou’s whole understanding of the world/life was based on how he saw his place as above everyone else, how Kirishima always thought himself as lame and under all his peers. How Bakugou’s always had no problems yelling at the world his goal to become a hero and how he’s always had everyone’s support on it, how Kirishima’s always hidden it and how no one ever truly believed he could do it anyway
And more still, how Kirishima’s whole moral is based on Do Good and Be Fair while Bakugou’s just learning that caring is maybe something he should do now and again, how Kirishima wants to be a hero to save people and how Bakugou wants to be a hero to fight people, how Bakugou’s rarely seen without a scowl and how Kirishima’s default expression is a smile, how Kirishima’s an act-before-thinking person while Bakugou overthinks everything, Kirishima’s simple-minded and Bakugou’s only slightly short of a genius, how Kirishima’s friends with everyone and how Bakugou managing to get himself five friends is considerable a miracle
How Bakugou’s quirk is the perfect attack and Kirishima’s the perfect defense, and how Bakugou’s got the flashiest quirk in the class and Kirishima the least flashy one. How Bakugou’s pivotal moment in his growth right before entering UA was about getting attacked and being unable to save himself/being forced to accept help he didn’t want while Kirishima’s was seeing someone getting attacked and being unable to help them - and how those themes keep on repeating themselves for both of them through their whole personal arcs
The more I think about it the more these two are each other’s perfect opposite. They’re complementary. And they’re best friends.
I just wanted to let you know I love following your blog. Your art is absolutely gorgeous. You made me low key ship bakudeku which is impressive seeing as my OTP is kiribaku!! The way you draw Bakugou takes my breath away. He is so so good. I also really enjoy your kirikami pieces! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us. You truly are a wonderful person!
!! ; ; omgh really?? thank you so mUCH Aaahh it’s kindda really an honor to hear–! To bridge my love for boom boom and Bakudeku/Kirikami to another fellow boom boom fan (and a Kiribaku shipper nonetheless–!) makes feels like an accomplishment lmao hjnfjkdfjk feels bad I havnt really drawn these two together so as a kinda apology/thank you…
here this just for you anon–! and any of my followers who are quiet kiribaku shippers lul