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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 14

Episodes: episode 14/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

*slides in from the left* Hello, again! I am back with a review of the fourteenth episode of the weekly TV series.

Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) and Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) share a few more dates before the end of their dating contract but both appear to be grieving the time when they won’t be together anymore. The day of their last date, Jae-In’s grandfather collapses and is rushed to the hospital for that nasty medical problem that has been “hinted” at for the past few episodes. Now acting as Executive Director of the SH Group, Jae-In feels himself slipping in a cycle of misery again and misses Da-Hyun greatly. The feeling is mutual. Da-Hyun has her own medical emergency and is helped by her best friend Hyun Yin (Im Do Yoon) who enlists aid from her brother Jung Sun Woo (Choi Sung Jae). When Hyun Yin goes to confront Jae-In about Da-Hyun, she mistakes his cousin that he just retrieved from a dancing audition for a new girlfriend. More feels ensue.

This is what one can easily view as a “feels” episode. It does this by also making good use of flashbacks. However, there was not anywhere near enough Attorney Park Hyung-Joon (Kim Sun-Hyuk) in it. In any case, we now have two episodes left in the series to give our main couple the happiness that we want for them. I am curious as to how cheesy they will make it.
At least the writers have pointed out what living with a director of a big company such as SH Group will mean for their spouse. Yes, it does sound like a crap experience and one that I am tackling with a fiction series that I am currently plotting. Living with somebody with money has a cost in time, privacy and security. This will no doubt impact the level of happiness of such a coupling. So, is there a way to make it work?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you guys again for the final reviews of the series over the next fortnight.


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TV Review: Goblin Episode 02

Year: 2016 – 2017
Episode: 1/16 completed KDrama series (English sub)
Other Names: The Lonely, Shining Goblin; Guardian: The Lonely and Great God; Prince Maker; Mr Sunshine
Online: Wikipedia, MyDramaList,  HanCinema, KoreanDrama, AsianWiki, DramaFever
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Drama, Romance

*waves* I finally got around to watching the second episode of Goblin. Yes, I did take a few weeks to get to it along with some other stuff. Sorry for the delay.

The second episode follows the events after Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) follows Kim Shin the Goblin (Goon Yoo) through the door to Canada. After spending a day in Quebec, Ji Eun Tak is returned to Korea where she has to put up with her crappy relatives. Our resident Grim Reaper (Lee Doon Wook) discusses the task of retrieving several missing souls with another reaper, then gets into a pissing contest with Kim Shin after the Goblin keeps him up all night trying to think of the most trendy way to look when summoned next. Ji Eun Tak gets a job at the least busy Chicken restaurant in the city where she works for the most deliberately disinterested and pretty manager. Our heroine is also watched over by a transformed version of that old spirit-seer that her mother used to know, the one that stood up for the girl during the Grim Reaper’s delayed retrieval of her mother’s soul. After her horrible aunt is visited by nefarious loan sharks, they kidnap the girl for the bankbook for the girl’s insurance money from her mother’s death. In lieu of the young woman being in danger, Kim Shin and Grim Reaper’s telekinetic fight at the dinner table is disrupted and they come to her aid.

Though this show isn’t necessarily a comedy, it had large amounts of funny moments. We still get the feeling that Ji Eun Tak’s aunt’s family are a bit like Harry Potter’s horrible relatives but we also learn how much her family rely on her insurance money. As for the Kim Shin and Grim Reaper, the two show themselves to be more than willing to behave like children when competing with each other. We aren’t given much information about their long-term feud but one gets the feeling that their history will be elaborated on in future episodes. In any case, the episode was highly enjoyable and a good fit for watching in tandem with Dame wa Watashi ni Koshite Kudasai. I will definitely be continuing this highly entertaining series.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 13

Episodes: episode 13/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Hello again! Sorry about missing last week. You guys probably already know why I had a brief hiatus from blog last week. So, I won’t rehash the details. What I do have is a review for the next episode of my weekly TV show.

In the aftermath of Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) being kidnapped by nefarious people employed by Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae), Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) and Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) begin to get their houses in order leading to investigations into the business dealings between Tae-Ha and HanJoo Chemicals. Da-Hyun has her own issues as she deals with her own trauma at being kidnapped. Joo-Hee tries to get Da-Hyun to forgive her in order to avoid blowback from the crap that she did. We also see Ji Su meet up with Jae-In’s female cousin, the one that attended the event at SH Mall with Da-Hyun a few episodes ago. There seems to be some chemistry there. Da-Hyun and Jae-In later enjoy some lovey-dovey time in the park with a picnic.

Well, we are well and truly into the final stretch of the show now with three more episodes left after this. Some of the ongoing side arcs are now being addressed in a meaningful manner. I don’t mind this aspect but I am guessing that some folks might be annoyed with games of business.
There are still a few technical things that I had to ignore but these don’t impact heavily on my enjoyment of the series. However, those weird sound stingers made more of an appearance again this episode, irking me a bit in the process. Seriously, they don’t match the overall feel of the series and feel like they were purchased at the last minute rather than with careful consideration as to the content.

In any case, I will continue watching the show until it is finished. I will have to consider which of the other longer-run series to put as my weekly watch, however. I suppose that this will be addressed in a week or two. In any case, feel free to post any recommendations that you have. I will consider each one based on the synopsis initially and then available sources to watch it online.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 12

Episodes: episode 12/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Sorry for being a day late again. I spent some quality time with hubby yesterday evening and wasn’t able to watch this week’s episode on time. >queue schmoochy face<

Prepare for spoilers in 3… 2… 1…

We continue on with the annual meeting from last week, with Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) once again weathering an onslaught from Lee Jae-In’s (Ha Seok-Jin) ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae). Da-Hyun decides to make her first public with Jae-In soon after but is also harassed by Aunt Whats-her-name. Unfortunately, the continual harassment is taking its toll on Da-Hyun. After Joo-Hee is told to back off by Attorney Park Hyung-Joon ( Kim Sun-Hyuk) the following day, she decides on another ploy to “get her man”. After having Da-Hyun kidnapped, she attempts to set up an alliance with Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) but this seemingly backfires when he snitches to Jae-In. Jae-In seemingly agree to an alliance of sorts in order to rectify the trouble within the SH Group.

This episode feels like it did a lot to set up the conclusion of the second major conflict of the series, the competition between Jae-In and Tae-Ha. We did have Da-Hyun questioning her place in Jae-In’s life, however, the regular barrage of mean-girls Joo-Hee and Aunt Whats-her-name putting her ability to walk beside Jae-In into question. This is certainly believable from the psychological standpoint. After all, you aren’t necessarily meant to continually deal with people harassing you all of the time. In any case, I feel good about where the series is headed and look forward to seeing some horrible people eat their own poop.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 11

Episodes: episode 10/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

It is that time of the week again, where I go over the next episode of the weekly Asian Drama. I know that it is a day late. Oh, well. I’ll blame it on the numerous adorable animal videos that I watched yesterday.

In this week’s episode, Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) tortures the idiotic Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) over the lie that was revealed at the end of the last episode. Whilst short-lived, it at least dealt with that. Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) discusses it with his dad Min Hyuk-Ju (Kim Min-Sang) who is none too pleased that his plan hit a roadblock. However, Tae-Ha has his own reasons for not wanting Jae-In together with Da-Hyun. Da-Hyun finally gets Jae-In to set up a meeting with his grandfather Lee Kyoo Cheol’s (Joo Jin Mo), who agrees so long as it is at an annual meeting that Tae-Ha hasn’t attended in years. And in the midst of this, Jae-In’s ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) is still trying to mess with the blossoming relationship between our main characters.

Not a lot happened in terms of intrigue compared to last week, but the story seems to be moving noticeably forward nonetheless. We see Da-Hyun now more aware of what the will contains and Jae-In having to step up a bit more into the role of heir-apparent. We also see the perplexing character of Tae-Ha, who it appears has a separate agenda from that of his father. The story seems to be lining things up nicely. On a good note, the annoying song stings from episode ten were nowhere to be heard this week. Thank goodness for that.

Things that we learnt this week:

  • Deputy Han’s father owns a butcher shop
  • Balloons fix everything
  • Whenever a ladder is involved, somebody is destined to fall off
  • Dress-ups are fun
  • It seems that all of the wildlife has long since evacuated the city. I’ll blame it on that dog that Da-Hyun tried to save a few episodes ago. It was clearly evil

With only a few episodes left, one wonders how the last few threads of existing conflict will play out. I am kind of looking forward to it, and don’t have the same level of separation anxiety as I do with the manga Love So Life. I have my theories but I will keep them to myself for now.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 10

Episodes: episode 10/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

I am back for another review of my current weekly Asian drama. I did try to get it posted earlier, but I had to deal with the weekly manga that I wasn’t able to post yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well. In any case, here it is.

In this instalment of the series, we see Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) meet with bitchy Aunt Whats-her-name, get harassed by Lee Jae-In’s (Ha Seok-Jin) ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) at Hyun Yin’s (Im Do Yoon) boutique, and has numerous pleasant run-ins with Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min). Tae-Ha is growing more and more suspicious of his father Min Hyuk-Ju’s (Kim Min-Sang) business dealings with Chairman Han. Things get even more complicated for Da-Hyun and Jae-In when somebody leaks a false story about Jae-In and Joo-Hee being engaged, affecting stock prices and potentially hurting Da-Hyun’s trust in Jae-In in the process. Finally, we see Tae-Ha drop Da-Hyun off at her place and we end with a potential run-in with Jae-In who was waiting for Da-Hyun to get back from her moral support of Ji Su at an orphanage gig.

This episode had a lot going on in it. It is finally at a point where Da-Hyun will learn about that other piece of his grandfather’s will that he conveniently left out when discussing it with Da-Hyun earlier in the series. This lie-by-omission will likely create friction between our two lead characters over the next few episodes.
The episode also brings us closer to Jae-In and several other players discovering with Hyuk-Ju and Chairman Han are up to. This is a somewhat curious arc, but it certainly does gives us room to learn about the character of some of the other figures in the series and what they are willing to do to get what they want. Tae-Ha’s own arc is somewhat interesting in of itself. This particular character really does seem torn between his family and some semblance of ethics. However, he still doesn’t have confirmation of what his dad and Chairman Han are up to yet, which means that we have to wait for at least a few more episodes to see how his own character arc plays out.
My main complaint in this episode was some of the audio stings used for some of the dramatic moments. It was a weird cross between old Charlie Angels stings and something one would expect from the Six Million Dollar Man. It seemed oddly out of place compared to some of the other music used in the series so far. It was used minimally last episode, which was bearable. However, the frequency in which it was used in this episode was highly irritating and took me out of the moment somewhat.
So, what did we learn in this episode?

  1. Ji Su only seems to know one song
  2. Han Joo-Hee is a bit of a bitch and somewhat territorial when it comes to Jae-In
  3. Chairman Han may very well be just as dodgy as Min Hyuk-Ju
  4. Kim Da-Hyun likes to torture Lee Jae-In

With six episodes left, I am somewhat curious as to how the various arcs will resolve and how each of the characters that I have come to appreciate will find their own piece of happiness. I will be royally pissed if this series has one of those bittersweet endings as it really wouldn’t fit with the vibe of the series thus far. In any case, I have six episodes to see how it all plays out. Until next time!


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 9

Episodes: episode 9/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

This review was slightly delayed, but I tried to make sure that I didn’t leave it too long. In any case, I apologise for the delay and will attempt to make it up to you over the next few days. I have no clue as to when I will have the next anime series review out. So, no promises on that front.
I may attempt to track down an earlier TV adaptation of this series after I finish this version as folks that have watched both seem to enjoy the other version from 2003 a lot more. I am somewhat curious about how different the two shows are from each other. I do find it interesting to also note just how many adaptations that a lot of Asian shows and manga have. An example can be seen in the various TV and film adaptations for the manga series Itazura na Kiss beyond the anime adaptation that I finished and reviewed a few weeks ago. The current offering in the more recent film franchise has a second and third part coming out later this year. As long as it is entertaining and tries to hold somewhat close to the source material, I will likely take the time to watch the franchise.

Episode 9 follows the morning after Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) spent the night over at Lee Jae-In’s  (Ha Seok-Jin) apartment. In lieu of his fridge not having food in it, they eat at the hotel and Jae-In is accosted by his ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) after he chats to Kang Sa Hee (Lee Kan Hee) about the file that his new mother gave him concerning recent stock fluctuations. Da-Hyun goes back to her apartment and Lee is concerned enough to leave work early in order to spend time with her. However, this is not before they learn that the dating contract that they co-signed was out of place even for a break-in. They go grocery shopping, eat a home-cooked meal prepared by Kim and he goes over some more paperwork while her apartment is being renovated. (FTI, he also just purchased her apartment along with the rest of the building.)
Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) meets with his douchebag father Min Hyuk-Ju (Kim Min-Sang) who informs him of the change in his grandfather Lee Kyoo Cheol’s (Joo Jin Mo) will and tells him to run interference in order to have a shot at the inheritance. Tae-Ha is hesitant because he seems to have a sense of morals, unlike his dad. He is also sceptical as to whether his dad acquired information about the will legally.
Da-Hyun and Jae-In go to the bar at the hotel to meet Park Hyung-Joon ( Kim Sun-Hyuk). Queue ogling from yours truly. Joo-Hee shows up unexpectedly and tries to make Da-Hyun doubt a relationship to Jae-In, not just because of jealousy. (Let’s just face it, he has a shitty track record with relationships.)  Da-Hyun is upset all the way back to Jae-In’s apartment and he stuns her with what would have to be the most uncomfortable-looking and adorable kiss. He takes her back to her apartment which now has a kick-ass security system. They spend the first night away from each other since her apartment was broken into.

A bit more happened this episode compared to episode eight. We see evidence building up in regards to Min Hyuk-Ju’s business and legal activities, which will no doubt be uncovered by other characters soon enough. It also puts forward a moral quandary for Min Tae-Ha. Is he willing to date a woman just for money? Does he like Da-Hyun enough from their brief dealings to even consider her girlfriend material? These questions will be a point of internal conflict for the character over the next few episodes.
As for the growing relationship between Kim Da-Hyun and Lee Jae-In, we see their own view of their relationship at a point now where it isn’t simply business anymore. This is beautifully played out, but this also creates a point of conflict for Da-Hyun. As for Jae-In, it has been and continues to be a means for positive character development.
So, what did we learn from this episode?

  1. It was implied previously, but we know that Lee Jae-In is willing to throw ample amounts of cash to fix a problem. However, it is even better if that money is a good investment
  2. Han Joo-Hee still has a lot of misconceptions about Lee Jae-In, and is a little gropey
  3. Opinion: Min Tae-In may very well be one of the better characters in the show because his own morals are constantly tested by that of his parents
  4. Longsuffering Team Leader Kang Sa Hee remains one of the more adorable characters in the series. That man deserves a Coke, maybe several. The actor that plays him is also cute, but his attractiveness is played down by the body language of his character in this show

Now that we are officially past the half-way point in the series, I feel really good about the various points of conflict already in play. It’s been a really fun ride so far, and I look forward to ogling Kim Sun-Hyuk even more as we move ever closer to the conclusion of the series. This show, in spite of its flaws, remains highly entertaining to watch.