Monday, October 28, 2013

Heirs: Episodes 4-6 Thoughts on the Irritating Eun Sang

Episodes 4-6 took a nosedive for me in terms of characterizations and increased frustration levels. This show is so hair-pulling at this point, and if it weren't Lee Min Ho at the helm I'd have dropped it. My biggest frustration is, as expected, with the heroine, who's gone from slightly emo and self-absorbed (with the most ridiculously self-indulgent Facebook posts) to monstrously pathetic and grovelly. I can't for the life of me get behind her nor understand what the hero sees in her. Let's face it, if she were a real girl there's no way in hell some perfect rich guy would take all her bullshit. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mi Rae's Choice: Episodes 1-4 Thoughts

This is my favorite airing drama and such a low-key thrill to watch. Yoon Eun Hye is vibrant, even if I want to completely substitute out her wardrobe and hair (though she does manage to pull it off). I'm also loving her ahjumma counterpart, who's hilarious and classy. And perhaps most importantly, I love both the leading men. I'd honestly be happy with either one, which is a first. It's more impressive given the fact that I've never liked either of the guys in their past, second-lead roles. Perhaps that's the magic of Yoon Eun Hye, who manages to build a natural chemistry with everyone she works with.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Heirs: Episodes 1-3 Thoughts

I'm only through the first three episodes of Heirs, but at this point feel like there's enough to weigh in my early thoughts on the drama. Overall, it's better than I expected, but there are flaws that occasionally peep through. It's better in that the plot plays out with surprising realism. Even though there's lots of ham-handed manipulation to get the heroine out to CA, there's a groundedness to her relationship with her mom and her sister. The Engrish is horrifying, especially in episode 1, but thankfully it slowly falls into the background. And Lee Min Ho's Kim Tan just drives the show with his mix of melancholy and girl-infatuation.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

7 Seeds: Manga Review

This manga is the bomb. It's mysterious, slightly terrifying and just romantic enough to keep the ships going without slowing down the story. I'm not normally a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, but 7 Seeds does it with such believable depth and heart that you can't help but get swept into the story and its very distinctive characters. Despite the sheer number of plot lines and the immense cast, the manga never falters in its tale; each arc is interesting and distinctive, and I never once feel the urge to fast forward through it.