K-Drama Rewind: You’re Beautiful

Gender-bender tropes are extremely popular in K-drama world, and even though this week's Grumpy Flashback is not as smooth as Yoon Eun-hye's Go Eun-chan in Coffee Prince, it's still considered as one of the classic Hong Sisters masterpieces. You're Beautiful was a 2009 SBS drama starring Jang Geun-suk, Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa of CN Blue and Lee Hong-ki of F.T. Island. It revolved around the…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Finale

Please bear with me as this would be a long post with a lot of ugly crying. Aftermath: The Punishment Just like Son Oh-gong's (Lee Seung-gi) last words before he went unconscious, the world continued to move forward even without his beloved Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo). Those words really struck a chord in me because…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 19

"The world is the same as before but you're not here anymore." - Son Oh-gong, Hwayugi Episode 19 PK's Choice Just like Jeo Pal-gye (Lee Hong-ki), I think I also held on to the fact that Jeong Se-ra (Lee Se-young) could still come back after Ah Sa-nyeo vanished. I know the priestess just wanted someone…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 18

Fighting heaven's plans is not that simple. The Evil Priestess' Tears I could recite hundred ways to punish demonic shaman Ah San-nyeo (Lee Se-young) but this episode reminded me why she became evil. She's just like the rest of us. She just wanted someone to be her partner but she was betrayed and left alone…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 16

To know the end, one should understand the beginning. The White Heron In the midst of a bed scene (I mean, a literal scene where our two main characters were in the bed just sleeping), a white heron visited Son Oh-gong's (Lee Seung-gi) personal abode. This mystical creature left an adorable baby boy in the…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 15

It's time for the bride to fulfil her vow to her groom. Prepare The Wedding As expected, Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) was not fooled by Ah Sa-nyeo's attempt to embody Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo). She may have Sam Jang's body but she could never be like her. The Great Sage had to endure to see…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 14

We all have our own definition of love. Love is...blind I was relieved to find out that Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) was relatively fine after receiving 10,000 years worth of pain for his one true love, Na Chal-nyeol (Kim Ji-soo). With the help of Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) and Elder Soo Bo-ri (Sung Ji-ru), the Princess…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 13

Can your namjachingu take 10,000 years of pain for you? Lesson 1: Protect Thyself The Sam-Jang-wannabee priestess Ah Sa-nyeo (Lee Se-young) shared one thing in common with Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi). Like the Monkey King, she was betrayed too. The king, who was supposed to marry her, broke his promise and locked her up instead.…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 12

"Being hurt seems to have a purpose." - Son Oh-gong, Hwayugi episode 12 The Priestess I declared my love for Jin Bu-ja (Lee Se-young) in my last reaction post and I didn't expect I'd have a change of heart right after an episode. The real Jeong Se-ra once again fell into the trap of Professor…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 11

The sound of death is surrounding the Great Sage. The Death of Chairman Woo-hwi Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) was supposed to end the life of Lucifer Entertainment CEO Woo-hwi after he was stabbed by a human possessed by an evil spirit. But complications of fake heirs and hidden lovers "forced" him to continue the fake life…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 10

You'll never know what you have until it's gone. The Geumgango's Owner Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) was lured by the demon bookseller. Sam Jang's powers were trapped to the evil spirit as well. It instantly transformed Sun-mi back into an ordinary human. This meant she couldn't see ghosts and her blood don't attract supernatural beings…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 9

"You can marry me again. No matter how many times you come to be my bride, I'll accept you." - Son Oh-gong, Hwayugi Episode 9 Fate or Deadly-fate? This episode revolved only in one theme: intertwined fates. Woo Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) is becoming sensitive as people around him frequently brought up a sore topic -…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 8

This is your new kind of fairy tale... The Princes I have a list of K-drama cliches that I either love or hate and the “return of the first love” usually falls on the hate column. But it still depends on how this plot twist is executed. The reappearance of Jonathan (Michael K. Lee) in…

K-Drama Reaction: Hwayugi | Episode 7

This Ma-wang written drama revived my numbing heart! ㅋㅋ Mirroring Mermaid Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) and Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) had to deal with a murdered mermaid ghost as requested by the “second son of the Dragon King of the East Sea” (phew, why do royals have long titles?!). Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) didn’t really know the…