Summary: 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.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower BoysMagic, Rich Boy Poor Girl
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!