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Kinain ng Sistema: My K-Drama Starter List

Do you still remember your first K-drama? I don’t. It was probably a toss between Four Sisters and Fantasy Couple. Video streams were a rarity back then so I had to order DVD copies of fan-subbed dramas to be able to watch my favorites. The thing with K-dramas is that they’re easy to binge-watch. Just 16-20 episodes and you’re done with the story.

With the second wind of K-dramas on Philippine shores, thanks to the unexpected popularity of Descendants of the Sun last year, more and more people have been sucked into this black hole of a habit.Β Can you really blame anyone who fan-girls those gorgeous oppas?Β Besides, it’s always nice to ramble about these things with someone who gets your feels.😊 How awesome is it though when someone loves a drama you recommended?

If you’re a newbie or simply at a loss on what K-drama to start with after a long hiatus, here are some of my recent tried and tested favorites:

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K-Drama Love: Hwarang

When we decided to switch to sageuks after watching contemporary K-dramas since last year, one of those I had been favorably considering was Hwarang. A fictional adaptation set during the reign of King Jinheung, it tells the story of how an elite group of young men rose among the existing factions of Silla to become the royal family’s fiercest ally. Throw in a love story or two and you’ve got yourself the perfect formula for a compelling K-drama. So why did the ratings reflect otherwise?

For a series that highlighted six young men in its promotional materials, the plot was heavily focused on three people only. Had they fleshed out each guy’s backstory it would have shownΒ how effective the cast were as an ensemble. You also had unresolved plot lines (fainting spells and paternity, to name a few) which the writer failed to address as the series concluded. Simply put, there were a lot of wasted opportunities to polish what was otherwise an entertaining pre-produced K-drama.

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