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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: Please Love the Useless Me Episode 05

Year: 2016
Episode: Episode 5/10 of completed JDrama series adapted from a Josei manga series (English sub version)
Other Names: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
Online: Wikipedia (Re: Manga), MyDramaList, AsianWikiIMDB, KissAsian, DramaCool
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama

I decided to watch another episode of Dame na Watashi ni Koshite Kudasai this evening because it has been a while since I watched the show and it never ceases to bring a smile to my face whenever I watch it. We are now around the halfway point in the series and I am also somewhat curious as to how the live-action adaptation will deviate from the source material. Up until this point, the major deviation has been in the older brother of our male lead being deceased for several years which has no doubt changed the dynamic between Ayumu and his brother’s widow Haruko.

The fifth episode saw Michiko Shibata (Kyoko Fukada) share her first Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend Daichi Mogami (Shohei Muira) after getting some cooking tips from Ayumu Kurosawa (Dean Fujioka). The Valentine’s Day date scene played out wonderfully but it also foreshadowed something that will no doubt play out in future episodes. (I have my suspicions based on the manga but the live-action may deviate slightly.) We saw some adorable interactions between Shibata and Haruko leading to Shibata wanting to help Kurosawa with his romantic attachment to Haruko; as well as some wonderful moments with Akira Ikushima (Maho Nonami) as Akira continues to offer Shibata relationship advice as self-appointed “Big Sis”. However, we also see some lingering doubt on the part of Mogami over Shibata’s relationship with Kurosawa in spite of her denying anything romantic between the two.

I continue to look forward to each new episode of this series and cannot help but wonder why I haven’t simply binge-watched the entire show already. Shibata and Mogami’s relationship is very cute but is somewhat complicated by her own inexperience and subtle questions about how she feels for Kurosawa. We also see her learning a lot about the various characters, especially Kurosawa, through her meals with other people. However, we still see the appropriate amount of doubt from Mogami over her relationship with Kurosawa. Though the scenes played out slightly different from the manga, we see the spirit of the manga intact. To me, this series remains one of the better live-action adaptations of a manga that I have seen to date.

I will return with another review of the show soon.


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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: Please Love the Useless Me Episode 04

Year: 2016
Episode: Episode 4/10 of completed JDrama series adapted from a Josei manga series (English sub version)
Other Names: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
Online: Wikipedia (Re: Manga), MyDramaList, AsianWikiIMDB, KissAsian, DramaCool
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama

I decided to get in one last show before I turn in for the evening.

In lieu of Daichi Mogami (Shohei Muira) asking if she minds dating with the view of marriage, Michiko Shibata (Kyoko Fukada) considers what it means to date given that she has limited experience in the matter. She becomes a little concerned because of Ayumu Kurosawa (Dean Fujioka) suggesting that Mogami might be a marriage swindler but her general good nature leads our female lead to cast aside most of her own self-doubt. We also learn that Haruko, the woman that Kurosawa is in love with is the widow of his older brother. After Shibata confirms to Mogami that she is willing to do the whole courtship ahead of marriage thing, he sees her eating with Kurosawa, the other employees, and two customers after hours, we see some foreshadowing of things to come.

This episode kept with the same feel as the rest of the series so far but deviated from the source material somewhat. In the manga, Kurosawa’s brother is very much alive and has been engaged to Haruko for an extended period of time. We get to learn a bit about the two brothers in the manga, including the various sacrifices that Hajime made for Ayumu in lieu of his little brother wanting nothing to do with the family business. We also get to see some closure for Ayumu when he finally confesses. The manga did a lot to tie these things together in a meaningfully way and I am beginning to wonder how the death of the older Kurosawa brother will impact the overall storyline. I suppose that I will have to continue to watch the series to find out. 😀


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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: Please Love the Useless Me Episode 03

Year: 2016
Episode: Episode 3/10 of completed JDrama series adapted from a Josei manga series (English sub version)
Other Names: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
Online: Wikipedia (Re: Manga), MyDramaList, AsianWikiIMDB, KissAsian, DramaCool
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama

We are now up to the third episode of the rather adorable Please Love the Useless Me. I know that it has been a few weeks since I watched the second episode but I figured that it was time to get stuck into the show again. Yes, I will attempt to watch some more Asian drama series in upcoming weeks. This will likely cut into time that I would have spent watching anime. However, I think that it will be worth the effort, especially given that anime and live-action tend to make use of different storytelling techniques. Yes, this will likely include both Love O2O and Goblin.

In the third episode, Michiko Shibata (Kyoko Fukada) goes out on a date with Daichi Mogami (Shohei Muira). She also purchases her first bit of lingerie at a shop where Kurosawa’s ex Akira Ikushima (Maho Nonami) is manager after Ayumu Kurosawa (Dean Fujioka) comments on the granny panties that he saw hanging up to dry in her room. Michiko’s coworker Yuki Kadoma (Hinako Sano) gets stuck into her about not chastising Misaki Nakajima (Risa Naito) for slacking off and shifting her work onto other people. Michiko finally puts her foot down after a pep-talk from Kurosawa the night before. During their second date, Mogami asks Shibata to go out with him from now on with the intent to marry.

This series continues to hit all of the right notes for me and I have to admit that I like it a lot more than Something About One Percent. We see the odd friendship between Ikushima and Shibata, with Akira willingly taking on the role of “big sis”. I really like the rapport between these two characters as I did in the manga, along with how the live-action adaptation continues to deal with some of the other relationships from the manga.

There is not much to add beyond what I have said already. Seriously, if you are looking to watch a cute comedic drama then you really should consider giving this series a watch. It is freaking adorable. While you are at it, feel free to check out the manga.