Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Korean Dramas

Happy New Year! It's 2013 now so get ready for a 2012 Kdrama bonanza! I tried to watch quite a few Korean dramas that aired this year, so I hope I have amassed enough information to be helpful to the netizens. I am going to list the 2012 dramas that I watched in chronological order by start of airing date. I will be listing the drama's title, air date, number of episodes, prominent cast members, my own special Korean Drama genres, a description of the drama using a few key words, and whether I think people should watch it or not.

The Moon Embracing the Sun
Air Dates: January 4th - March 15
Episodes: 20
Cast: Kim Soo Hyun, Jung Il Woo
Genres: historical, romance, supernatural, memory loss
Key Words: magical, romantic, epic
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Wild Romace
Air Dates: January 4th - February 23rd
Episodes: 16
Cast: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Si Young, Jessica
Genres: romantic comedy, sports
Key Words: cute, funny
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Notes: I tie this drama with Arang and the Magistrate for best ending. This drama ended perfectly.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band
Air Dates: January 30th - March 20th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Sung Joon, Kim Myung Soo, Lee Hyun Jae
Genres: music, high school, romantic comedy, friendship
Key Words: fun, cool, fresh
Watch it? Yes
DramaFever.com
Kpop The Ultimate Audition
March 19th - May 1st
Episodes: 14
Cast: Park Yoo Hwan, Go Eun Ah
Genres: music, romantic comedy, girl pretending to be a boy
Key Words: fun, silly, sweet
Watch it? Yes
Notes: The ending was shortened, but it's still a good drama. Plus, Yoo Chun's brother Yoo Hwan is cute!
Watch it on Hulu
Rooftop Prince
Air Dates: March 21st - May 24th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Park Yoo Chun, Han Ji Min
Genres: time travel, supernatural, romantic comedy
Key Words: funny, romantic, awesome
Watch it? ABSOLUTELY
Notes: My favorite drama of 2012
with English subtitles DramaFever.com

King 2 Hearts
Air Dates: March 21st - May 24th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Lee Seung Gi, Han Ji Won
Genres: romance, political
Key Words: epic, dark
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles
DramaFever.com
Love Rain
Air Dates: March 26th - May 29th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Jang Geun Suk, Yoona
Genres: melodrama, romantic comedy, melodrama again
Key Words: slow, colorful
Watch it? No
Notes: Geun Suk and Yoona look great together, but this drama is slow-moving and often depressing for no good reason.
with English subtitles
DramaFever.com
Queen In Hyun's Man
Air Dates: April 18th - June 7th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Ji Hyun Woo, Yoo In Na
Genres: time travel, romantic comedy
Key Words: funny, lovable
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
A Gentleman's Dignity
Airing Dates: May 26th - August 12th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ha Neul
Genres: romantic comedy, friendship
Key Words: funny, endearing
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
I Love Lee Tae Ri
Air Dates: May 28th - July 17th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Kim Ki Bum, Park Ye Jin, JUB
Genres: body swapping, romantic comedy
Key Words: weird, sweet, fun
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles Viki.com
I Do, I Do
Air Dates: May 30th - July 19th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Kim Sun Ah, Lee Jang Woo
Genres: romantic comedy, fashion
Key Words: playful, colorful, fresh
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Notes: You'll love this drama, trust me.
Bridal Mask
Air Dates: May 30th - September 6th
Episodes: 28
Cast: Joo Won, Park Ki Woong
Genres: historical, political, action, romance
Key Words: epic, bloody, dark
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles Bridal Mask
Notes: This drama is long and boring at times, but worth the effort.
Big
Air Dates: June 4th - July 24th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Gong Yoo, Lee Min Jung, Suzy
Genres: body swapping, romantic comedy
Key Words: silly, emotional, magical
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Notes: The ending did not satisfy, but the drama was enjoyable for the most part.
I Need Romance 2012
Air Dates: June 20th - August 9th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Jung Yu Mi, Lee Jin Wook
Genres: romantic comedy, friendship
Key Words: playful, quick
Watch it? Maybe
Notes: My least favorite drama of 2012.
DramaFever.com
Answer Me 1997
Air Dates: July 24th - September 18th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk
Genres: high school, romantic comedy, friendship
Key Words: hilarious, fresh, awesome
Watch it? ABSOLUTELY
DramaFever.com
Haeundae Lovers
Air Dates: August 6th - September 25th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Kim Kang Woo, Jo Yeo Jeong
Genres: romantic comedy, memory loss
Key Words: funny, cute
Watch it? Yes
DramaFever.com

Faith
Air Dates: August 13th - October 30th
Episodes: 24
Cast: Lee Min Ho, Kim Hee Sun
Genres: time travel, romance, supernatural, historical
Key Words: epic, emotional
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
To the Beautiful You
Air Dates: August 15th - October 4th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Choi Min Ho, Sulli
Genres: high school, romantic comedy, girl pretending to be a boy
Key Words: young, enjoyable, light
Watch it? Maybe
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Notes: I recommend this for people who like light, fluffy romcoms, it's not everyone's cup of tea.
Arang and the Magistrate
Air Dates: August 15th - October 18th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Shin Min Ah, Lee Jun Ki
Genres: historical, supernatural, romantic comedy
Key Words: funny, scary, awesome
Watch it? ABSOLUTELY
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Panda and Hedgehog
Air Dates: August 18th - October 7th
Episodes: 16
Cast: Lee Dong Hae, Yoon Seung Ah
Genres: romantic comedy, baking
Key Words: sweet, funny
Watch it? Yes
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
The Innocent Man/ Nice Guy
Air Dates: September 12th - November 15th
Episodes: 20
Cast: Song Joong Ki, Moon Chae Won
Genres: melodrama, revenge
Key Words: amazing, emotional, dark
Watch it? ABSOLUTELY
with English subtitles DramaFever.com
Full House Take 2
Air Dates: October 22nd - December 13th
Episodes: 16 (2 parts each)
Cast: No Min Woo, Park Ki Woong
Genres: romantic comedy, music
Key Words: cheesy, silly, light
Watch it? Maybe
Notes: This drama is so wrong that it's enjoyable to watch.
DramaFever.com


I am also watching May Queen (aired August 18th - December23rd), I Miss You (started November 7th), and Cheongdamdong Alice (stared December 1st).

4 comments:

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