First Impression: Meow The Secret Boy | Episodes 1-4

They say there are two types of people: some are like dogs – sociable and open; while others are like cats – independent and reclusive. This series takes this quiet literally as the male lead is actually a cat!

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Drama Profile:

Title: Welcome / Meow: The Secret Boy
Main Cast: Kim Myungsoo, Shin Ye-eun, Seo Ji-hoon, Yoon Ye-joo, and Kang Hoon
Writer: Go A-ra (webcomic), Joo Hwa-mi (previous series: My Shy Boss; Marriage Not Dating)
Production Director: Ji Byung-hyun (previous series: Lovely Horribly; House of Bluebird; Big)
Network: KBS2
Time-slot: Wednesday and Thursday / 22:00
Episodes: 24
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic-comedy

Plot Synopsis:

Kim Sol-ah, a graphic designer who dreams of becoming a webcomic artist, adopts the cat of his first love’s ex-girlfriend temporarily. Unbeknownst to her, cat Hong Jo transforms into a human.
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Major trope: Innocent co-habitation

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Maknae’s Impression:

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Right after I’ve watched the first four episodes, someone asked me what my impression was. All I could say was it was weird. The plot-line was cute to read but the execution was quite unpersuasive.

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The actors did fine but when it comes to premiere episodes, the attractiveness of the series lies on its premise. A fantasy drama needs to make the unbelievable believable for its viewers. The series was mysterious enough to hold my attention for two hours but doubts clouded my head throughout. I wonder if they could sustain such an eccentric plot in the entirety of its run.

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Good thing, Kim Myung-soo and Shin Ye-eun have some on-screen sparks going on – a major recipe for a romance drama. Shin Ye-eun did well as the hopeless romantic female lead and struggling webtoon artist Kim Sol-ah. Her introduction as this twenty-something trying to survive as an adult was effective as it elicits some sympathy from me. She instantly made me cheer for her and her future endeavors.

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The second lead Lee Jae-sun (Seo Ji-hoon) was also interesting to watch (and an eye-candy too!). He and Shin Ye-eun look good on-screen too so I have to warn you about the possibility of acquiring a second lead syndrome in this series. The potential second couple the anti-social Eun Ji-eun (Yoon Ye-joo) and Sol-ah’s best friend Ko Doo-sik (Kang Hoon) also caught my attention with their budding office romance.

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Overall, it was visually fluffy and adorably entertaining to watch but the next episodes need to make the plot more convincing for it to become a success.

p.s: a cat butler’s everyday struggle:

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