After pondering a bit on these dramas, I realized that the reason why I enjoyed them is that I can relate with the characters in one way or another, or at least I see some trait of mine in them. The story gives me a glimpse of what could happen to someone who has those traits. In effect, gaining insight to what could possibly happen to me. It might sound self-centered but that is the truth I arrived at.
きみはペット (You’re My Pet)
There have been many remakes of this story. To me, this is the best rendition because the cast really brought the characters to life. I can somewhat identify with Sumire in that she lacks confidence when it comes to love but has pride in how capable and independent she is in her career. I’m probably slightly more decisive and more honest with myself though. I was frustrated with how she was sitting on the fence the whole time. Well, I’m not into Hasumi type of guys so the decision was easy for me to make as a viewer. I was Team Momo the whole time. Well, I know how she reacted was part of the story. Also, unlike her, if I saw my boyfriend with another girl, I would’ve confronted him right then and there, and cut him off for good regardless of who initiated it. Anyway, I enjoyed this series thoroughly. I’m a sucker for noona-dongsaeng love stories after all.
I also love the OST 「Rainbow Rain」 by 夢みるアドレセンス. It captured the mood perfectly.
きみが心に棲みついた (You’re always in my heart)
The story showed how psychological trauma from childhood shapes a person’s identity. It was interesting to see how all these “broken” characters were trying to live their lives and how awkwardly (or disturbingly) they interacted with each other. And like in most Japanese art forms, there is this bittersweet catharsis amidst the struggle. Ah, I really like how Japanese art forms deconstruct humanity.
내 아이디는 강남미인 (My ID is Gangnam Beauty)
Again, here’s another female lead who doesn’t realize how precious and beautiful she is as a person. I’m not against plastic surgery. I have no strong opinion about it. This is just a cute love story. It doesn’t hurt that Astro’s face genius, Cha Eunwoo, plays the male lead. While the stoic personality of his character is attractive to me, I’m starting to think that they’re always giving him this type of character because he won’t be able to handle anything more complex. It is that or perhaps he is just trying to protect that idol image. Either way, I don’t mind seeing him in dramas. I’m sure he’ll improve his acting skills as he does more.
未成年だけどコドモじゃない (We are minors but we are not children.)
This is actually a movie based on a manga. I can relate with how clueless she is about practical things that are no-brainers to others. Moreover, I like how straight-forward she is about her feelings and how she manages to reduce complex matters into simple facts. It’s a great skill.
All the other characters– both the cast and their roles –were lovable too.
I also like love triangles wherein the male lead doesn’t like the female lead at first but eventually grows to appreciate her charm. Then there’s the second male lead who seems more deserving and suitable for the female lead because they are more compatible and because he loved her all his life. This formula has been used over and over in stories such as in Hana Yori Dango (Boys over Flowers / Meteor Garden) and Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss). Well, it’s been tried and tested. People love it. I love it.