Sunday, December 23, 2012

Kekkon Shinai Episode 7 Recap

  Episode 7: The Cost of an Awkward Love is Goodbye?!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kekkon Shinai Episode 3 Recap

  I'm so happy to see in the comments that others are discovering this drama too! I just love it so much and am glad to share it. 
  Episode 3: Are We Too Awkward?! The Hot Topic! Where Love Is!! Tonight a Live Web Interlock!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kekkon Shinai Episode 1 Recap

  I'm going to shift gears here for a little bit and start recapping a jdorama. I think it's my dissatisfaction with Oohlala Spouses that has pushed me into checking out more jdoramas. I'm halfway through my last recap, and I'm going to finish, but I need this right now. 
  I started watching a few currently airing jdoramas—PRICELESS, Osozkai no Himawari, and Kekkon Shinai—and while I enjoy and recommend all of them, this one is my favorite. It's also the furthest along, so I'll be playing catch-up and then recapping the weekly episodes as they come out.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 17 Recap

So, this jacket happens. And somehow, the Bellhop is able to pull it off. Awesome.
  Definitely the beginning of the end. It feels like things are pretty much wrapped up, but there's still one more episode. Also, I have to eat my words (at least some of them).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 16 Recap

  This episode reminded me of the things I love about this show. Too bad there aren't more of those moments in the 2nd half.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 15 Recap

  Yay! I finally managed to write a short recap. The downside is that it probably indicates a growing apathy for this show (which I still really want to love). Only 3 more episodes! I can do it! Aja! Aja!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Can We Get Married? Impressions Episodes 3&4

  If you want to see my initial thoughts on this drama, here's the link.
  Episodes 3 and 4 had so. Much. Drama. And not enough of my favorite characters. Jung Hoon and Hye Yoon break up and cry buckets of tears while drinking buckets of soju. Then they get back together because she pretends she got hit by a car and is severely injured. Can you say manipulative/borderline sociopathic? Plus there's all the manipulating she does with the wedding plans, even manipulating Jung Hoon's mom by pretending to let her manipulate them. And Hye Yoon is being manipulated into all that by her mom. In addition the bickering and fighting between the "lovebirds" also reached new levels of making everyone uncomfortable.

Oohlala Spouses Episode 14 Recap

  An episode with lots of dancing. Plus, one of my concerns from last episode gets resolved. (Unfortunately it's not by burning that hideous outfit.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 12 Recap

  This episode really feels like a major turning point in our series. So much happens and there's just so much development. Which, this late in the game, could cause problems in the resolution. But, Oohlala Spouses got a 2-episode extension, and I have faith that this director is going to give us a nice, tidy package at the end, so I'm not worried about things being left unresolved. I am left with an increase of love for this drama, though.

Oohlala Spouses Episode 11 Recap

  Hyun Woo really starts to make his move this episode. Awesome. Let's keep that going, 'kay show?
  But, really, this is Yeo Ok's episode, as she starts to reevaluate what she wants from her life going forward, and decides to pick herself up and move on.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Can We Get Married? Thoughts and Reactions

  I started watching this drama out of curiosity, thinking I might recap it. Especially since it stars Sung Joon (Lie to Me) and Jung So Min (Mischievous Kiss). But after 2 episodes, I'm not really sure how much of it I'll actually watch. I'm curious enough to watch again next week, but I don't know how long that will last. But, for as long as I do manage to watch, I wanted to share my thoughts. I'll probably do it in 2-episode bunches.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 10 Recap

  This episode is an exploration of heartbreak. Yet there's a glimmer of hope shining at the end. Just have some tissues ready.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 9 Recap

  This is a big episode. So much emotional business intercut with the funny. It's actually perfect, and things move forward several steps. Now, if we can just get some more Hyun Woo/Yeo Ok action. *Plotting to myself while rubbing hands together* Also, there were so many great screenshots, so expect many pics.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 8 Recap

  So many revelations and major decisions in one episode! Another person is informed of the body swap, and another big impediment to my shipping happiness is presented. Also, Yeo Ok makes calf eyes at Hyun Woo, but he doesn't notice because he thinks she's a man. Ha! Finally, there's a new Fate Meddler in town, and she's gonna make things interesting.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 7 Recap

  Ooh, so many plot developments! Plus, we finally get some action—meaning shooting and stuff, since the other kind happened last episode. And we get many staring contests.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 6 Recap

  Yay, more back story! But also more conflict. This episode brings some major changes to the status quo, and adds new depth to our central conflict. Plus, Moo San has some crazy costumes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 5 Recap

  Yay, more people are in on the secret! It makes for more misunderstandings and hilarity, so it's a great development. A word of warning, though. There's lots of flip-flopping between bodies and spirits shown in various scenes. So, one minute you'll see the male version of Yeo Ok, and the next it's her female persona. I hope the screenshots aren't too confusing.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 4 Recap

  I'm just going to jump right in to the funny today.

Oohlala Spouses Episode 3 Recap

  Such a solid episode, and the comedy is rampant throughout. But especially in the first and last scenes. The latter brings in our male second lead. Yay! And awkward! More yay!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 2 Recap

  Body swapping already! Plus some references to other shows. Yay! Still not much brevity on my part, though. Oops. :}

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oohlala Spouses Episode 1 Recap

  So, I know I'm starting this a little late, but I'm going to really try to catch up. Also, I'll try to make my recaps a bit shorter. But I hate to cut things out of the first episode, because they're all part of the set-up, and everything seems important. Hopefully I'll get better at cutting down. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 16 Recap (Final)

  It's our last episode. Step-dad shows his hand, changes are afoot, and Seung Ji finally learns to call Cherry Blossom mom. Well, mama. I'm going to miss this drama, in all its delightful sweetness. Like Seung Ji's signature macarons, it's cute and sweet and fun. It may not be filling like a main course, but it's a nice treat and leaves me with a pleasant taste in my mouth and a smile on my lips. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 15 Recap

  We're almost done, and I have to admit, I'm getting sad anticipating having to let these characters go. I've decided they should make a mini-drama focused around Won Yi. They could use some of the footage from Panda and Hedgehog, and we could see her relationship with Host Club develop. Plus, we'd get to see how things are a bit further down the line for everyone else. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 14 Recap

  Only 2 more episodes left after this one! So much cuteness is still waiting in the wings, and I want to see it take center stage. Plus, we have the actual drama parts to deal with after this episode, and the plot resolution. Will they make it?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 13 Recap

  I'm going to be honest. This episode doesn't move things along very much. It's basically setting up for the final (or only real) conflicts to unwind. But that's fine, because our bromance moves to the next level. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 12 Recap

  Panda freaks out to see the two guys sparring. "I thought everything was going okay and Won Il was getting over me. But, seriously, how can they act like that?"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 11 Recap

  Okay, after slacking and procrastinating, the recap is finally here! Sorry to be so slow, but at least this time, it's complete. (I accidentally posted part of my draft earlier. To anyone who read it, I'm sorry.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arang, Meet Buffy—You Have a Lot More in Common than You May Realize


  For anyone who has watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it's pretty obvious that Arang and the Magistrate bears any number of similarities to that series, especially when it comes to characters. I'm not saying that they are the same show, or that Arang is derivative of Buffy, since both have their own distinct mythologies and flavor, but there are just too many similar characters to be ignored. For fun, I wanted to outline these characters. (Spoiler Alert.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 10 Recap

  So much awkward and cute in one episode! Gah! Things are really starting to get moving, and we have less angst than I anticipated. (Always a plus in my book.) But we do get enough to make things interesting.

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 9 Recap


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Haeundae Lovers Episode 11 Recap

  Okay, because of a soccer game, only one episode aired this week. Episode 12 airs Monday 9/17. Hopefully, this can tide us all over:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 8 Recap

  Omo, omo, omo! (This is suddenly becoming my favorite Korean word. Haha.) The bromance is in full swing, and the guys are bonding left and right. This episode gives us decent back story and more pieces to the puzzle, but is light on the side characters. Also, Panda proves how infuriating she can be. 
  But the guys! They're just so sweet together! I just love them both. Can't they come live with me? And make me macarons all the time? I wouldn't mind a cake every now and then, either. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 7 Recap

  Panda is finally forced to face the rivalry for her affections. It's about time someone clued her in! But then she comes up with the most unusual challenge for the guys to prove their love for her, and I think it's going to make things veeery interesting. Bromance is in the air, even if romance isn't quite there yet.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Haeundae Lovers Episode 10 Recap

  This episode really doesn't do much to move the plot forward. But you know what? I don't mind that at all, because what we do get is a healthy dose of our OTP realizing their OTP-ness. I think that rainbows and unicorns were liberally sprinkled throughout, but I just didn't notice them with all the adorableness here. Tae Sung, you're winning over my heart.
  Warning: Because of all the sweet moments, this is an especially long recap. I just can't help myself in wanting to capture everything.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Haeundae Lovers Episode 9 Recap

  This episode has some more great moments. Joo Hee's character begins to show more, and we get some glimpses into her possible motives. Joon Hyuk may not be so nice as he's seemed up until now. And Tae Sung cries some more. Plus, the OTP finally makes some actual (and fake) progress.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 6 Recap

  Our OTP finds a reason to start dating, mysteries arise about Won Il (though nothing too big), and Eun Bi starts to show her nasty side. Also, Seung Ji tries on some pink headbands.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 5 Recap

  This episode felt a bit slow to me. But mostly, I think it's because it's a lot of build up. Things are starting to happen, and new plot developments are. . . developing. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Mysteries of Arang and the Magistrate—My Current Theories

  This post is chock full of spoilers through episode 6. Mostly I discuss what the deal is with the evil lady and Arang's death. I welcome any and all (respectful) discussion and dissent. But please explain your POV—I'm open to changing my theories if I find something that makes sense to me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Panda and Hedgehog Episode 3 Recap

  This episode gives us some background on our characters. Both guys make some moves toward wooing Panda, and the plot thickens. Also, there are plenty of delicious desserts showcased in this episode. Also, Won Il bites his lip. A lot. (I feel like such a creepy noona right now.)