Alchemy of Souls

alchemyof souls kdramaSummary: Jang Wook is the successor of a powerful mage family, the Jang. However, his energy source was closed by his own father preventing him to do magic. Jang Wook meets a girl Moo Duk, who has the soul of a powerful assasin and thinks she will be her master.

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys, Magic, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook
Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince)



Likes: I’ve been longing for a gooood fantasy drama in a while now, and I think my prayers have been answered by this. This drama didn’t just fed our lust for fantasy stories but all in one treat of period, supernatural, magic, and even comedy. It’s one big, fantastic show and it didn’t disappoint!

The Story. I’m a big fan of the Hong sisters’ style. This, one once again has that similar pattern to their previous work, Hotel de Luna. At times dark, at times funny, and it involved some soul swapping, although Hotel de Luna was more on ghost. I love the story of Alchemy of Souls, it’s somewhat unique and intriguing. And I love how the beginning of the show mainly focused on the background story. How detailed it was which made it clearer and gave all characters weights as the story progressed.

The World. The story is set in a fictional country called Daeho and it looked magical. I love the beautiful sceneries and of course the beautiful people that lived in it. I won’t complain about the men’s eyebrows being too perfect. I think they have blended so well with whole set up 😁. The old world was captivating and mesmerizing. You just want to be part of it.

The Costumes. They were gorgeous! A magical period setting showcased a more enhanced period costumes for everyone. The mages wore these robes that made them looked like above everyone else. Of course, the luxurious types were worn by the leading mages. The ladies dresses were beautiful and accessorized nicely. They wore jewelries just like in Silla Kingdom (at least the one I saw in another drama). Anyways, what I’m trying to say is there’s so much emphasis on the costumes which made this a truly top show.



The Awesome Effects. I’ve got to say, they really did a great job with this. The first scenes capturing Naksu at the frozen river was quite impressive, such iconic fighting scenes! I also love all the cloud effects when alchemy of souls is being performed. The fighting scenes doing Tansu, Chisu and all the Sus 😄 were captivating. So much power, magic and looking good!

Naksu & The Four Seasons Intro…

Naksu – the beautiful assasin called Naksu, for wherever she goes heads fall to the ground.

Jang Uk – the successor of the Jang family who is as dazzling as the winter snow.

Seo Yul – the genius of the Seo family who is as noble as the sunset in fall.

Park Dang Gu – the heir of the Park family who has the energy of a hot summer.

Jin Cho Yeon as Spring – the daughter of the Jin family who has the vitality of spring.

The BOF Vibe. I can definitely see a lot of Boys over Flowers here. Although our poor girl used to be a fighting goddess, she lost all of her power and became a damsel in distress. Naksu trapped in another body is rescued by the heir of the Jang family, Jang Uk, who’s of course rich and handsome. Then we have Seo Yul, another heir, not only genius but also good-looking, who happened to be Naksu’s first love. The crown prince who’s heir to the throne showing some liking to our girl but gets turned down a lot. Oh memories!

The Beautiful OST. Oh my, I’m missing the show just listening to the OST. The songs are beautiful with a tinge of sadness. Check it out Alchemy of Souls OST!

Words of the Heart. The poem was written by the founder and leader of Seongrim, Master Seo Gyeong, but not known to many it was a love letter for his beloved, the first Jinyowon leader, Jin Seol Ran.

“You can not grasp water, but it is inside the soil.
You can not touch fire, but it is inside the tree.
You can not hold the wind, but it is resting on the rock.
If you let them be, they will exist everywhere.
The faint, blue light makes me sigh.
My white breath turned into snow,
and tears I could not let them drop and hid them.
Despite knowing that they will fill up once again,
I am a fool who dares not shed a single tear.”



Gorgeous cast. Lots of eye candies here with some fighting skills…

Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook – tall and slender and really good-looking in his robes, my gosh, Lee Jae Wook’s career has definitely lifted up. He always showed a great potential in his old dramas but I think as Jang Wook he’s in his road to being a Hallyu star.

Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi – I never really warmed up to her in her past dramas, but as Moo Duk, she was perfect! Short but cute and if you look at her longer, she is actually really beautiful. I just wish she had more chemistry with Lee Jae Wook.

Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool – oh my gosh, such a pretty face! Seo Yool, the genius and the noble, whoah, who wouldn’t fall for him? Well, except Naksu, who had a change of heart. But to be fair Seo Yool has more chemistry with Moo Duk.

Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince) – poor guy, he always gets rejected by Moo Duk, but I love his looks and personality. He’s haughty, yes, but he’s not evil. Oh well, let’s find out in season 2.

My Favourite Love Team. Well, it has to be between Park Jin, the Songrim leader and maidservant Kim. These two were a comical relief and they had such an impressive chemistry. Glad they had so many scenes together. Couldn’t stop laughing on how dense Park Jin was!

The ending. Well, it left everyone hanging but it was a good closure to the first season. When Moo Duk stabbed Jang Wook with the sword, I thought, oh no, is this going to have a tragic ending?! I hope not! I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t end but at the same time glad we have some hopes for a happy ending. Can’t wait for December!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


The Witch’s Diner

the witch's diner kdramaSummary: The Witch’s Diner is run by the witch Jo Hee Ra and it serves food that grant wishes in return for something. Her assistant Jung Jin is the first customer to try the witch’s food and fulfills her revenge wish. Jung Jin works in the diner and would always try to warn the new customers that there’s a hefty price in exchange for their wishes.

Trailer: The Witch’s Diner

Genre: Fantasy, Food, Supernatural, Magic
Episodes: 8
Stars: Song Ji Hyo as Jo Hee Ra
Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Jin
Chae Jung Hyeop as Lee Gil Yong



Likes: The theme. At times it’s dark, it’s funny and it has delicious food! It just caught my attention right away and started watching it. The details on the food making were superb! Make you drool and hungry! I was especially craving the steaks!

The opening. I always enjoyed this part. Love the music and the animation. It’s full of mystic and magic. Check it out… The Witch’s Diner Opening.

Main story. I wasn’t expecting that much and was surprised by its depth. How things unraveled like the true identity of our main witch and her apprentice. I love the mystery behind the characters. It really didn’t look what it seemed. I also love the focus on two mothers – one giving birth and one raising the child, very similar to Mine. That makes one message clear, it doesn’t matter who does who, they were both mothers to the child. I found that very touching.

Mini stories. I enjoyed those short stories by the people who ate the food at the Witch’s Diner. What were their wishes? I was always curious if they were at all worth losing an arm or a liver or an eyesight. And the moral of every story is that how their loss of something gives them another thing that makes them truly happy. I really like that!



Witchy cast

Song Ji Hyo as Jo Hee Ra – Love this witch! Tall, beautiful and stylish! I love her commanding presence, it lights up when she enters the room. It was also great to see her act as the young Joo Hee Ra. You couldn’t really tell with the age.

Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Jin – It’s good to see this girl after a long time. I like her, she’s a natural. Funny and bubbly too.

Chae Jung Hyeop as Lee Gil Yong – very convincing as a high school student. I was really rooting for him to be with Jung Jin in the end. They looked great together.

The ending. How Jung Jin embraced her fate at the end was I think courageous and beautiful. It didn’t just free her mom but also herself.

Epilogue bonus. I’m glad they gave Gil Yong the reward that he deserved. Passed on the baton!



Dislikes: Sorry no romance.

8 episodes were too short. They could have more mini stories.

Jung Jin’s wardrobe and styling were hideous but at least they made her look so pretty at the very end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

That Man Oh Soo

that man oh soo kdramaSummary: Oh Soo is a successful IT specialist but also the descendant of a family who was fated to tend a mysterious tree that releases magic pollens. Oh Soo, while trying to give a drink to somebody with pollen to fall in love, his police officer neighbor accidentally drank it. They fall in love with each other but one is put in danger, as it is the curse of the tree.

Trailer : That Man Oh Soo

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Rich Boy Poor Girl, Supernatural, Magic
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Hyun as Oh Soo
Kim So Eun as Seo Yoo Ri




Likes: I love the idea of a cupid tree. It gave the drama that whole msyterious feel. Like, you don’t know if the tree is going to love you or devour you. It was changing from being colourful to dark then back again. Pretty unpredictable. The set – the traditional house with the tree in the yard – was also quite charming!  Glad someone so handsome was living in it :).

Lee Jong Hyun looked great and his melancholic role here suited him well. I also liked his chemistry with Kim So Eun.

Kim So Eun has become a better actress since BOF. She looked pretty and well-toned as shown in the beginning when she was doing fitness. I like her bubbly role here. She didn’t seem to run out of something to say.

Kang Tae Oh as Kim Do Yun, the second lead. His being a secret chaebol didn’t help him getting the girl but he won my heart. He’s a good actor, very natural and charismatic.

The kiss. We had the first teaser on the first episode but the real one happened on the 9th episode. I was about to complain but the kiss was great so I’m good :). As I have mentioned above, the two top leads had a great chemistry so kissing scene was to look forward to.

Aside from our main couple, we’ve got here two supporting couples which were cute and entertaining. Honestly, it would have been completely boring without these diversions.



Dislikes: It was the most disconnected storyline I ever watched of a drama. Lacking a lot of explanations, like something just happened that way and this way. The pollen mystery hadn’t been explained properly until the middle of the drama. It was quite confusing. Even at the last episode, there was no clear explanation how he lost his memory and how the two leads reunited. So are we expected to come up with our speculations?

The story was quite slow and in the end, it failed to progress. The roles failed to progress as well. Such a pity because I had the impression that it had a great potential.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

A Korean Odyssey

a-korean-odyssey kdramaSummary: Son Oh Gong, the monkey king is bound to protect Jin Seon Mi through a powerful bracelet called Geumganggo. The geumganggo has the power to enslave him by making him fall in love with the person who let him wear the bracelet and protect that person wholeheartedly. So Son Oh Gong has been following Jin Seon Mi around and protecting her from all evil spirits which are bothering her.

Trailer: A Korean Odyssey

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror, Supernatural, Magic
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong
Cha Seung Won as King Wooma
Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi
Lee Hong Ki as P.K
Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik
Lee El as Ma Ji Young



Likes: The Story – at first it was confusing and the storyline was somewhat chaotic. I didn’t have a background of the original so I was quite lost. The beginning was like Alice in Wonderland with ghosts, evil spirits, demons, then even came a zombie. It was like a fantasy-horror roller-coaster! Lost but quite enjoying the adventure. Later on, our leading man was clear – handsome, mischievous, powerful – well, basically a god. Our leading lady, the girl in distress  didn’t and leave our handsome god a choice but to protect and love her. With that, I was happy, we’re back in a kdrama world, lol!

The Characters and the Cast – It took me a while to get used to the characters and understand how important and powerful each one of them as most of them were immortals but as soon as I got the hang of it, everything made more sense.

  • Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong –  he is definitely most handsome in this role! I think he did so well as the rude monkey always teasing his girl but then always giving in to her. Among LSK’s kdrama, this is the first one he really connected and had an awesome chemistry with his leading lady which made him more handsome. I love how arrogant, angry, rude and hot-tempered Son Oh Gong was! A change to our normal sweet and polite kdrama leading man.
  • Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi – She’s always pretty but she never really had a proper chemistry with his leading men in the past, maybe because of those strong and brave roles she was in. However, as Jin Seon Mi, Oh Yeon So became like a little girl who was a having a crush on someone older. She was more vulnerable which suits nicely with Son Oh Gong’s rough character. Her moments with Son Oh Gong were always something to watch for.
  • Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang – this guy is not just tall and handsome but a good actor as well. Cha Seung Won didn’t disappoint me as the vain, powerful, funny but carries sadness in his heart – Ma Wang, the bull King. Cha Seung Won’s acting was commendable, he would go from funny, quirky to sad. All with impressive facial expressions!
  • Lee Hong Ki as P.K – the naughty and mischievous Dwaeji! Suits Lee Hong Ki so well!
  • Lee El as Ma Ji Young – I love her, she’s gorgeous and she can act too!

The Kissing Scenes – Is it me or they’re very generous with kissing scenes these days. After I’m Not a Robot, this drama comes next to having an elaborate kissing scene this year. Not that I’m complaining, I LOVE IT! Bring in some more of these scenes! Our 2 top leads did a great job! They looked good and in love when they kissed, very convincing ;). I specially like the kiss at the bookshop. It was the famous reactivation kiss!

Bromance – my favourite is the bromance between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. It’s like they don’t like each but they like each other. They were so cute to watch especially when it comes to Son Oh Gong’s coat which he always hung on Ma Wang’s bull statue. The latter would get annoyed but then later missed him when there was no one anymore doing that.

The OST – I so love the song When I Saw You! Check out the rest of the OST as well.



Bizarre Stuff – The Winter General and the Summer Fairy were one person! It was more bizarre than the black dragon! Honestly, it took me a while to realize that haha. Also, the rotting smell of Bu Ja was successfully conveyed (at least to me) by how rotting she looked. Great acting and great job makeup artists!

The Outfits – This has a high probability in bagging the best in outfits/costume award which I’ll give later this year. Everyone looked good in their well-fitted outfits! I can imagine a lot of money went to this one.

The Ending – since the start of the show, the ending was always pointing to a sad one. However, I like  how I got my consolations. I can deal with that ending! It’s all good then :).

Dislike – the only complain I have here is how Son Oh Gong was pushed into that super “rich” character. It was unnecessary. I found it trying hard somehow.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Bride of the Water God

bride of the water god kdramaSummary: Habaek, the water god, leaves the realms of the gods for the human world to look for the divine stones. He then meets So Ah, a psychiatrist who is the descendant of the servants of the gods. While looking for the stones and staying at her place, the 2 fall in love with each other.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Supernatural, Magic
Episodes: 16
Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek
Shin Se Kyung as So Ah
Im Ju Hwan as Hoo Ye
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum



Likes: It was exciting to have yet another fantasy drama this year. I love the setting and the characters. The 2 worlds looked great! It started with showing some details of the realm of the gods with Habaek himself in his godly appearance. It was followed by the introduction to the human world and what could be prettier than a cherry blossom naturally-decorated Seoul :).

After some impressive intro to both world, we got a taste of Habaek’s on and off power in the human world. I thought that rescue scene: Habaek rescuing So Ah from a fall, looked awesome. I got very excited and waited for more scenes like that.

I love Habaek! I think the character was very charming. He might have lost his power but he kept his charm. His looks was charming so as the way he spoke. I loved it when he talked seriously but always came out funny like when he said, “A guy can’t love without a car” or “Candies shouldn’t be eaten at once”. And how can I forget his description of the mug he gave to his girl, “This is me (referring to the guy on the mug) and this is you (pointing to the dog on the mug which represents So Ah). And of course (even if he overdid it a bit), I love all his shirtless scenes :).

Best actor in this drama was Im Ju Hwan, hands down! He upstaged everyone! And all I thought, the director was simply bad making most actors here looked quite sloppy. But hey how come there was one who really stood out! Im Ju Hwan did really great. In the end, he was the only I was looking forward to watch. This guy deserves a leading role next time!

Shin Se Kyung was also great. Her acting put Nam Joo Hyuk in a bad light. She all had the emotions going but always unreciprocated.

Forget the acting although she wasn’t that bad but  Krystal Jung probably had the best part for trying out all those gorgeous outfits! Well, she gave them all justice as she has the body for them. The entire drama was like a runway for her.

OST is love! Bride of the Water God OST.

The sunset and bride scenes at the end were both lovely. Habaek and So Ah looked really good together!



Dislikes: The storyline was a mess. A lot of informations were lacking and/or unsupported. I have the impression that some were left for the audience to figure out or the writers simply expected us to read the manhwa.

Bad acting everywhere. Aside from the 2 excellent actors in this drama I mentioned above, the rest were so-so. But will have to concentrate on Nam Joo Hyuk (sorry fans), he was very lacking. There was no facial expression! It’s awkward to watch that while Shin Se Kyung was giving it her all, everytime the camera shifted to Nam Joo Hyuk, nothing as in nothing. It hurt to watch. There’s still a room for improvement, no rush for top lead roles if you’re not yet ready. Nam Joo Hyuk, you were very promising in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.

The ending, wahhh! So poor. No one bothers to improve anything. It was like… Ok folks, not doing well in the ratings, let’s just get it over and done with. I thought it would compete with Goblin but nahhh!

But because of Im Ju Hwan’s performance, I’m still giving it a…

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Moorim School

moorim school kdramaSummary: Moorim school is not an ordinary school. It’s hidden and protected by a seal in the depth of the forest so not just everyone could enter. But one day, someone broke the seal and the person who was deemed responsible is a famous idol seeking to cure himself from a physical suffering. He then meets other students and developed a close relationship to them.

Genre: School, Fantasy, Action, Teens, Supernatural, Magic
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo
Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang
Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk
Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah




Likes: Having a teenie, action and school drama in one is definitely new and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the school setting, reminds me of my school days and it reminds me well of one of my favorite school dramas, Boys Over Flowers. Not only that, they even use the same place (as seen in BOF) as the entrance hall of the school. I also like the choice of the leading cast. They’re all good-looking (your typical crushes in highschool, definitely!) and tough (convincingly able to fight)!

Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo – he was a total hottie and a G-dragon deadringer! He totally nailed the idol look. Loved his blonde haircolor in the first few episodes. He was the absolute highschool crush.

Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang – this idol (in real life) wasn’t bad at all though there were moments when his face looked too frozen. His character was funny and he pulled that off pretty well. I don’t wonder why he was half-naked a lot, he definitely had the body to show off.

Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk – I loved her already in a previous drama but my first time to see her as the leading lady. Pretty like Arielle (the mermaid) and also simple like her character Soon Duk.

Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah – she’s got to be my favorite. Her beauty is cool and her acting has improved a lot. Action drama could just be the right genre for her.

This drama features a very beautiful birch tree forest as pictured above. Something to see when you’re in Korea.

Love the OST, Alive – powerful and catchy and just realized it’s by VIXX! Aja boys!

Lots of foreigners who could speak perfect Korean in this drama. Just impressive.

Cute  and cool scenes like the scooter ride, dressed-up party exam, Soon Duk saving Wang Chiang in the sea hence her nickname Arielle, Yoon Shi Woo and Wang Chiang fights and the Moorim peak challenge.

The best-looking of them all is of course the dean! He always looked good in his suits, even in winter coats.

I loved the first kiss! Shi Woo made the girl’s knee absolutely weak!




Dislikes: I was disappointed to see Shi Woo’s hair turned black. I know it was necessary for the change of character but I had a big crush on the blonde idol wahhh!

Too much drama and face offs in the last episodes. It became a bit draggy towards the end. Thankfully, the drama had only 16 episodes.

They pulled off a Kungfu Panda ending. “There’s no secret ingredient” kind of ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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