OnigiriLove totally loves the new Kdrama Series – Manyeoui Yeonae or Witch’s Romance. It’s got a strong female lead, a kind-hearted male lead, noona romance, and a lot of “com” in the romcom. This is right up my alley. A huge dose of fun to keep the day bright!
From GoodDrama (where you can stream it):
Update: (I’m watching from Drama.net now because my browser is picking up Gooddrama as malware… weird. I miss the comments section though.)
Ban Ji Yeon is 39 years old and, unfortunately, single. As an enthusiastic reporter, she devotes everything she has to her work – to the extent that people refer to her as a “witch.” However, when she crosses paths with 25-year-old Yoon Dong Ha, her life finally starts to take off outside of work.
While I usually write novel-length reviews, I’ll cut to the chase with this one. Noona romances are coming in these days a dime a dozen. And even when they weren’t the trend, there were still some dramas of this category that came out. Some were good, and some were bad. Still, the tropes are usually the same.
There’s that old hurting scar from the past, a strong career, an unfulfilled personal life, a fresh young love, and so on. However, what delights me with Witch’s Romance are three things.
This drama series features Uhm Jung Wa as the female lead Ban Ji-Yeon, and I have to say this gal can act. It’s my first time to see her in any drama or movie, but it’s the first thing I noticed. She’s REALLY good. I’m so intrigued I’m going to check out her out.
Even just from Ep 1, her excellent acting was already evident to me and to some viewers who’ve said the same as me. Of course, there is only so much depth you can show in a rom-com but she manages it.
I love it when she dances all alone in her apartment. And I loved that vulnerable look in her eye during THE kiss on Ep 1.
WINSOME MALE LEAD
I thought I’d be dead tired with this type of lead already, but somehow, Park Seo-Joon is convincing as his character Dong-Ha. You can’t help but like his straight laced and straightforward character on the show.
I’m so happy he’s not weak, anxious, or emotionally crippled as some male leads are. In fact, his EQ is so healthy, he just drives the show (and our female lead) forward in the right direction.
I rate the chemistry between our OTP as 11/10.
Now, I’ve shipped a lot of OTP’s. Think of all the most popular romcoms out there. I’ve shipped them all. And while I loved all these romcoms like crazy, you have to admit that when these pairs kiss, they kiss like dead fish.
I think this is mostly because they’re afraid of earning the ire of their fans. Still, it’s pretty disappointing when you’re all caught up in the rush of the romance, and all you get is two people frozen while their lips are squished together.
*Cough* …Master’s Sun… *Cough*!
But this is where Witch’s Romance outstrips others. Man, when these two kiss, they REALLY kiss. Whew, hand me that fan will you?! And get me a tall glass of cold water!
While DH and JY’s 14-year age gap seems a lot, you just literally forget it when they’re uhmmm… pushed up against the wall together or rolling on that bed. Wow, that sounded wrong right? Haha! It’s not as bad as it sounds. The chemistry extends beyond their physical relationship on the show. You somehow just get the feeling that they can also be besties. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how their relationship grows in the next few episodes. 🙂
And similar to my preview of Sly and Cunning, I’m going to keep a running commentary for each episode. Keep away if you don’t want spoilers! If you want recaps, K-Popcorn and Dramabeans has them. (Can’t believe they’re recapping this. Yeay!)
And because I love you guys, here are two videos that a kind dramabeans commenter shared with us. They’re hot and steamy behind-the-scenes of the “beer kiss” and THAT kiss leading up to our discovery of Dong-Ha’s real age.
My favorite kiss so far.
Enjoy! Updates in a bit!
RUNNING COMMENTARIES 🙂
Episode 1 and 2:
These first episodes introduced us to Show and to our OTP. My first impression wasn’t too good, to be honest. The editing seemed to be woozy. Show wasn’t as polished as most Korean shows. I attribute this to shaky beginner’s legs though.
What sold Show to all shippers is the chemistry between our two leads. I am glad that that shone through despite any technical shortcomings. And man, does it shine!
Episode 3 and 4:
Thanks to a complication brought about by JY’s officemates, DH becomes her assistant slash bodyguard of sorts. While I hoped for more skinship, what I get is even more heartwarming. We see our two leads clicking even more tightly in place with each other – be it listening to radio, singing to old and new tunes, or cracking down on a sleazeball politician.
If you were feeling antsy about the age difference, these endearing scenes will surely erase any doubts.
Oh and it’s quite annoying but we finally meet the young and pretty second lead. Can’t blame her for falling for our dashing Dong-Ha though. I mean, he’s on top of MY own list of perfect-drama-boyfriends.
Episode 5 and 6:
I love this office trip! I’ve gone on dramaland office trips before but this one takes the cake!
I was LOLing so hard at turned-ON Ji-Yeon. She wanted to win that contest prize so hard, she was jumping and up and down with zealous energy. It was genius of the Show to give us peeks of their previous team contests too. What a laff trip!
Along the way, we get to Dong-Ha’s own scar (of his past love), and a concerned Ji-Yeon accidentally aggravates it.
But shippers, we get another reason to love this drama. In this drama, our leads, especially Dong Ha, are quick to communicate. Other shows revolve around one crucial drawn-out misunderstanding and we have to wait in agony. In this drama, we just need to get our two lovable leads in the same spot by themselves for them to start talking earnestly. They go right to the heart of the matter, and we all heave sighs of relief.
No wonder I feel like this drama is quite zippy!
And I hope I wasn’t the only one to squeeeeeeee in ecstacy when DH showed up at JY’s reunion.
How heart-melting is it that he’s speaking from the heart???? If only our gal knew it!
I don’t have a nice car or a house. I’m taking a break from school and I don’t have a proper career. I survive by working part-time jobs. I’m young and I don’t have much. When you go on blind dates, I can’t even express my dislike. But Team Leader, I like you. A fourteen year difference? Who cares about that? That song by Byun Jin Sub that you like? I like it too. You like girl groups too. Just because I’m young, don’t push me away. No matter how much you push me away, I’m not going anywhere. I love you more than you love me now but you’ll fall in love with me too. I’m sure of that. Will you accept me?
Ugh! And of course, Shi-Hoon had to make his entrance and spoil everything!
Episodes 7 and 8:
I am so not happy about our second lead Shi-Hoon. Man, what acting is this? Infuse some love into your character. All I see is a selfish, smug bastard!
Ah well, it just makes our puppy Dong-Ha shine even more like pure, white snow.
By the way, I thought he would just be a noble idiot as he cleared up misunderstandings between our old lovers. However, he’s clearly still fighting for his love. What a go-getter! Our leads REALLY have a lot in common!
The time is now, folks. The time is NOW!
Cute moments that I love: DH taking care of Mom at the hospital, and Mom making plans to sell some land so she can build a clinic for DH. Hahahaha!
I also picked up an awesome link from stalking the dramabeans forums. Thanks to applecrumble! Here is our puppy singing the OST for the show. I didn’t know our super adorable puppy can sing!!! Extra 1,000 plus points!
Episodes 9 and 10
Omgggg…. just watched Episode 9. Excuse me while I pick up the pieces of my shattered heart.
So much feelsies for this episode. Although it’s the most heart-wrenching to date, we also see flashbacks of when Dong-Ha and Ji-Yeon were together. It was just one happy memory after another. Dong-Ha’s morning sandwiches for JY, their antics when DH looks for his keys in the living room, walking hand in hand with each other….And that confrontation scene outside their apartments… Show, you’re killing me!
See? See what you did in Episode 10?! Killing me, I tell yah!
Is it just me whose heart went doki-doki when DH finally started talking again to JY? That computer scene when he goes around to her to help her with her file and his left hand goes on her computer chair and his right on HER hand holding the mouse, I squeed so hard I scared my housemates! Can’t count how many times I replayed this simple scene.
Another of my fave moments on Show was when DH got drunk and our OTP are outside their apartments. Our puppy always tries to be considerate to our female lead, so I felt selfish satisfaction when our puppy restrained her from getting up and leaned in for a kiss. It was like, for once, his brakes were down and he couldn’t help give in to the impulse of kissing Ji-Yeon.
I love you, Show. 🙂
Episodes 11 and 12:
I’ve been a bad bad blogger by not immediately updating this entry for you guys. Truth is, I got very sad by these episodes. I think these are the two episodes that the waterworks erupted. *sobbing still*
Fellow drama fans, was I the only one who teared up when DH confessed to JY’s mother about his feelings?
Or how about when our poor confused heroine was talking to her best friend Na Rae about her feelings?
She said: “Yoon Dong Ha always follows me. I hear his voice in the office. Sometimes, I mistake other people for him. I must be crazy, Na Rae.”
*Sssoooooobbbbbbb* I can feel your pain, gurl! The heart does not lie.
Things of note for these episodes:
- Sizzling chemistry by our leads in the spa… Raaawwwr! They got it still!
- Fist pump in that revelation scene when our leads accidentally let slip to Polar Bear that they lived together at some point
- Any scene with the best friend and the adorbs Mom
- Dong-Ha seeing Ji-Yeon bathed in radiant light while wearing her wedding dress at the hospital in contrast to JY’s dark, hushed, and dreary photoshoot with Polar Bear
So! I’d feel bad for Shi Hoon here but then ya know… this is right before he tramples on her heart by rejecting her with specially crafted hurtful words!
There’s a lot I want to touch on but I’ll limit myself to one crucial point. Honesty. For some reason, our heroine could not show her new witchy side, her real feelings, or even her early morning look to her fiancee. Red flags, right?! And it’s the total opposite with our Puppy. Dong Ha has seen her at her witchiest and at her lowest and (even) ugliest moments… yet still loves her for it.
We all know where this is going, but Show is so good it’s got us crazy ahjummas shouting and ranting!
Keep it up, Show!
Episodes 13 and 14:
Oh my goodness! I can’t remember a show that made me squeee and cry as much as this one!
These two episodes I watched over and over. I think I practically raped the replay button. Every moment is my favorite but hilariously, this is one of the moments that totally made me laugh. It’s Soo-Chul and Dong-Ha talking over each other, squeeing over their respective love interests, and finally, that SUPER cute and funny shoulder bite. Who expected that?!
So I’ve been talking about this a lot, but really, our leads’ chemistry has just grown ridiculously even stronger with each episode. It’s just so REAL it’s making all the drama lovers crazy. With Show about to wind down, I just don’t know how I’m going to get through a week without my usual dose of witchy charm.
Here’s a bonus for you lovely fellow witches… Another OST of Show:
Episodes 15 and 16 (Final)
So, it took me a long time to wrap this up. I just couldn’t accept that my weekly fix was gone gone gone. I loved the Witch’s Romance world so much. They were like friends and family. I loved every one of them, even the annoying officemates. But, good things don’t last too long like they say.
I’m happy with the way Show ended. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am so glad that Writer didn’t get a last-minute brain lobotomy like in other shows. We also had two episodes where we leisurely had time to wrap things up. Also, Show kept true to its strengths up to the last minute.
WR was so refreshing in that it subverted the usual drama tropes. Here, misunderstandings were resolved within an episode. Our leads communicated so honestly with each other. To us who are so used to living in DramaLand, this is practically unheard of. I mean, one ENTIRE drama’s conflict can revolve around just one misunderstanding. So yeah, gotta love WR.
And lastly of course, I loved the magic and intensity of our leads. In many shows, we accept pairings because we have to. In WR, it’s so real and intense that everybody’s in an uproar over it. This show shall certainly be the one to beat when it comes to Chemistry.
If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. It’s really worth it. Even viewers who aren’t hot about story lines with huge age gaps enjoyed the show.
My only real worry (and minor at that) was JY being too old to have kids if they wait too long. I’ve had a “discussion” about this on Dramabeans and again, this is just MY concern. Not projecting it onto everybody else. Still, this is my blog (haha!) and I just want to say that I’ve created an alternate ending in my head where they get married early and make a Season 2 where they raise adorbs kids and sleuth with DH bringing up the CSI rear and JY being a-la Nancy Drew.
And like a break up, I was only able to let this awesome show go, because of another great drama.
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