LEAD COUPLES THAT STILL MAKE MY HEART SOAR (Part 2)

As I’ve watched a copious amount of dramas since May of 2015, I thought it was long overdo to add onto my original list found here. This time, I’ll be adding other Asian dramas to the mix to make this list more well-rounded. I have watched many amazing series in the past year, and while I don’t get to mention or post about them all, there are characters I simply cannot forget. I love a good romance and having any excuse to dote over my favorites.

Note: I took an agonizing amount of time on YouTube searching for the videos that I felt best encompassed these characters and showcase why I love them as much as I do. Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I might continue these kinds of posts in the future if there’s an interest for it.

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10 Reason Why You Should Be Watching ‘D-Day’

It feels like it’s been forever and a day. I sincerely apologize as I haven’t posted for the past few weeks, so I decided to jump back into blogging with another of my ’10 reasons’ posts.

Today, I’m focusing all of my attention on a k-drama that has completely captivated me from the first episode. It’s a rarity when I fall head over heels for a drama after only one episode, so I’ll share some of the reasons that I love D-Day.

One. First of all, this series has a gripping plot that offers something different than any of the k-dramas that have aired in 2015. While natural disasters such as earthquakes aren’t the most original plot point, it’s a selling point in D-Day. We get to witness the aftermath of a earthquake in a very urban city that isn’t prepared at all for such an event.

Two. The production scale. Readers, the production scale of this series is huge — think blockbuster movie huge. A lot of money went into making this series, and it’s instantly noticeable. This is not a cheap production. It feels like you’re watching a movie every week, and trust me, that’s not a bad thing.

Three. Kim Young Kwang. Before D-Day, I had no idea who he was. Yes, people told me he was in this drama and he was in that drama, but I hadn’t watched any of them, so this was my first chance to see KYK on screen. Let me just say that he is leading man material. He is the heart of this series and he brings such life to his character, Lee Hae Sung. Even if you’ve never heard of him before, he’s pretty darn impressive here.

Four. The music always sets the right ambiance. In any good drama, this is always a must on my ’10 reasons’ list. When the right music is used in the right setting, it helps us understand how we should be feeling or it helps us prepare for how we’re going to feel. And there’s some great instrumental woven into this series. It’s refreshing, actually.

Five. Jung So Min. My very first drama was Playful Kiss, and thanks to JSM’s acting skills, I fell in love with k-dramas and continued watching. I think this actress is severely underrated. She brings a lot to her character, Jung Ddol Mi, and even though she’s only a third year orthopedic resident from Busan, she captures Lee Hae Sung’s eye. It’s beautiful watching the way that JSM shows the growth and strength of her character as she changes and adapts to what’s going on around her.

Six. Sizzling chemistry. Jung So Min and Kim Young Kwang make it look so effortless. Whether they’re being playful on or off screen, the chemistry is right there. And who doesn’t enjoy their leads having the right spark? These two are on their A game.

Seven. The conflicts. Considering that this is a natural disaster drama, there is a lot of conflict and, well, drama. In the face of disaster, we see what characters try to do their very best and what characters are motivated simply by greed and/or fear. There is always something going on each week, so I find it interesting to watch the characters I love rise above these challenges and succeed. Of course, success isn’t always a giving. In the medical field, there are complications and situations that can’t be remedied even by the best doctors.

Eight. The characters. This drama has a nice variety of characters with different personalities and motivations. Some are genuinely good, some are downright vile, and others toe the line between good and bad. No matter which one it is, D-Day contains some pretty great, fleshed out characters. Also, I have to give the writers an A+ for their character development skills.

Nine. This is the kind of drama that you can’t help but sit down and try and figure out what’s going to happen next. What’s obstacles will appear next? Who will break down? Who will rise above it all? I think a sign of a good drama is that it answers questions will opening up another set of questions. If a drama can make me think to such a degree, it’s doing something right.

Ten. While this is a drama and many things are dramatized, I do appreciate the way that D-Day feels realistic. Sure, there are moments where you have to ask questions and wonder if it would really happen in real life, but for me, the strength of this series is that I believe what I’m watching. I believe that an earthquake has really happened. I believe that a massive city like Seoul could be crippled by an earthquake because they’re not as well-equipped to handle such a disaster compared to an area that is well-equipped.

So, there you have it. Here are ten reasons that keep me watching D-Day.

K-Drama Recommendation: D-Day

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Sometimes I’ve been known to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie. That is, when it comes to dramas. In real life, I’m not really the thrill-seeking type, but there’s nothing like sitting down and overindulging on an intense, action-packed k-drama. I’ve always been highly addicted to natural disaster types of series and movies. For me, the natural disasters are terrifying, but that’s not why I watch them. What I do love is seeing the good in people — how to raise up despite the challenges and extreme circumstances. I love seeing people band together for the greater good. And, for me, that’s a huge reason why I’ve gravitated towards D-Day.

The premise is that a large earthquake rocks Seoul, creating widespread destruction and death. When it comes to natural disasters, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy or any less interesting for storytelling. The acting is top notch, the cinematography feels like a movie budget production, and the instrumental music is the perfect accompaniment to D-Day. There are some great stories being told in this drama. You have the doctor who will save patients at absolutely any cost — even if it could end up in him being sued. Then, you have the doctor that is hardened from a procedure that didn’t go according to plan and now he carefully calculates everything — even if it means willingly giving up on patients he could have saved. We round out the cast with a third year orthopedic from Busan who lacks experience, but she doesn’t lack in sincerity and depth. There are some characters I’ve left out, but to be fair, there are quite a lot of characters in this drama that I can’t even begin to summarize in this quick overview.

I will also mention the emergency response team who are dealing with the carnage and destruction first hand. It’s tough seeing them trying to help save people from the wreckage when they are essentially without any resources to really aid them. No water, no electricity, no nothing except for their sheer determination and will.

Of course this drama isn’t perfect. Sure, it has it’s shortcomings, but it’s very addicting overall. It’s the kind of story that you want to get together with your fellow drama lovers and discuss just what’s going to happen next. Will Seoul experience aftershocks? What’s going to happen if more of the city is leveled by aftershocks? How will the teams responding to this disaster stand up with mother nature not on their side? There are so many questions that it’s hard to judge where things may go, but I think that’s the beauty of D-Day. It makes you think — no it makes you really think and look at situations in ways that you might not have before.

This drama is licensed on Viki. It was actually licensed fairly late, so the subtitles may not appear with the speed that you’re accustomed to. The team is still recruiting people to subtitle, but you can watch episode 1-5 fully subtitled right now. Episode 6 is stuck at 77% right now, but it’s definitely a watchable number. I’ve watched this entire series raw and then re-watched the episodes multiple times after they were fully subbed. I think that shows just how much I love this drama as I never watch any series raw.

Once I catch up on some other shows and reviews, I will post more about D-Day.