So, here we are again… it’s December. Where did the year go?! 2019 and the decade are winding down to their ends. I’m also wondering if my kdrama ‘obsession’ is winding down to it’s own end.
This was the year when ALL my best loved dramas were Chinese and my fave romantic themed drama was and odd Japanese one. When I developed a bad case of “inablity to press play”, which resulted in me being behind with just about everything I watched. When I realised I don’t like most sageuks at all. When I probably watched more Untamed Crack, cat videos, GOT7/kpop vids, and League of Legend/Generation Zero (I’m not even a gamer, for crying out loud!) than kdramas.
I started and dropped SO many Korean shows again, my interestest in most of what was offered being lukewarm at best. The only one to truly get me out of my stupor was The Light in Your Eyes/Dazzling. Thought provoking and heartfelt, it made me laugh and cry. It was an easter egg of a drama that hid it’s true form in a quirky romcom garb, to hit you squarely in the heart in the end. Best watched without knowing too much about the plot. So, in that essence it was the best kdrama I watched this year. Honorable mentions go to ‘Children of Nobody’ and ‘When the Devil Calls Your Name’, both great in their own ways, but all the dramas I managed to finish have bits I really liked.
I don’t do these year end best-of lists because that’s not how I roll. Besides, I’m not very good at deciding which actually are “the best” of anything. My grading of the stuff I watch is based purely on how much I like a show and how it makes me feel. I may appreciate the technical aspects too but to me, those are just the icing on a cake. No amount of polished grandeur will get any points from me if I’m not feeling the story or/nor the characters. I also have a hard time looking past ‘the stupid’ in some shows, notably anything with action in them.
So, on to the shortest “watched” list in… probably ever, ha.
Fave drama of 2019: The Untamed, because Joy of Life is still ongoing. 🙂
Korea: Children of Nobody, Confession (tvN), God’s Quiz Reboot, He Is Psychometric, Her Private Life, Hotel Del Luna, Life, Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung, The Light in Your Eyes, Watcher, When the Devil Calls Your Name + one classic: The Sandglass (Oops, forgot I also watched Life ;P )
China: The King’s Avatar, The Story of Minglan, The Untamed
Japan: Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi
I don’t think I’ve ever completed so few dramas as this year. If I listed those I dropped, that list would be waaaayyyyy longer. Not having as much leisure time as in the past still plays a biggish role but it’s also harder and harder each year to find dramas that hook me the way they used to. I kinda miss that heady rush a true drama crack brings, it happens so seldom these days.
My ongoing list is kinda short as well, as it contains only Joy of Life, Stove League, Be Melodramatic and poor Tasogare Ryuuseigun, which I haven’t been able to continue in months, something else always pops ahead of it.^^ I had big plans to dramathon Be Melodramatic and Tasogare but then Joy of Life happened and… well, that was that. 😀 There are even more 2019 and older dramas that are either on hold or on The List of Doom and I’m begining to think I’ll not be able to tackle those till I’m retired, ha.