My Top 10 Korean Dramas (partial - only those I’ve already finished, of course):
- Arang And The Magistrate
- My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho
- Reply 1997
- Rooftop Prince
- Dream High
- Cheongdamdong Alice
- Flower Boy Next Door
- 49 Days
- Love Rain
- The Moon That Embraces The Sun
Ranking the top three dramas wasn’t really easy. Reply 1997 has been my No. 1 before watching Arang and the Magistrate, but oh well, I’ve realized that I was not THAT hooked to Reply compared to my devotion for Arang, as well as Gumiho, that’s why Reply landed at No. 3.
Of course, I somehow based this from their storylines, but moreover, with how they made a mark on their viewers. I really thought Arang and the Magistrate would receive much awards and recognitions but as far as I know, they only got one. Too underrated, right?
The ending, the OST, the unpredictability of the story - these [for me] play major roles in the series, in having that kind of impact on its audience. I was initially disappointed with Arang’s ending, because I’ve expected that kind of conclusion for the two leads. Later on, I realized that my feeling wasn’t disappointment, it was sadness - that the drama I so loved has already ended, and I kinda regret that I’ve already seen everything it could offer. Can a fairy just erase my memories of the last few episodes so I could watch it end all over again?
I was disappointed at first because I had to watch the last few scenes again, and again just to understand how they ended it that way. I even read comments of other viewers regarding the ending of the show. And this is when I started looking for more details on why the drama was put to a finish, just like that. I felt that something was lacking in between. In the end, I realized that I was just disappointed with myself, for not even trying to understand what the staff did - they wanted the viewers to feel all those emotions, emotions that they’ve felt in all the previous episodes, squeezing everything in the final episode’s remaining minutes. What I thought was lacking in between is now getting clearer as I pay attention to every line, every scene of the last. I even thought that some more scenes were necessary to properly end the show, but no, it was up to the viewers to realize the whys and the hows of bringing the whole story to completion. That way, they made our minds work [the last time for the show], imagination at its best. They might’ve thought that we were already tired of interrogating a little bit more. So with all of our questions answered, it’s now our job to fill in all the other details in the middle. Kudos! Great job everyone!
I may have been excited to watch the series because of my love for Shin Min Ah, but I kept on going because of the story, the chemistry, the acting. Of course, I tried to connect her gumiho character to her ghostly role, but oh no, they’re way too different.
I really love how the drama made me feel different kinds of emotions, though some shiftings were drastic. And that didn’t let me cry. [HA!] It might’ve had a comedic genre at the beginning, but it all went melodrama in the end. Still, they were able to insert some humor in between, and I love them more for that. I’ve always been a fan of romantic comedies, and though this drama doesn’t cater it as its main course, I’m amazed - how they came up with dramatic scenes that incredibly, made me smile.
I’ve always been hungry for romantic scenes in the show. I know that this wasn’t its core, but when it shows the love, the affection of the main couple for each other, I couldn’t help but smile and get teary-eyed - for oh happiness. Those three kissing scenes just made me full. It’s like all of these short scenes served its purpose, with a bang, with an “aw,” with a cheerful heart.
Moreover, the drama could’ve been slow-paced but I wasn’t able to feel some kind of impatience waiting for the next scene, the next episode. Just when I replayed some of the episodes was when I knew, that the other viewers were right. But still, this didn’t bore me.
Arang and the Magistrate is one of the few dramas that I’d love to watch for the second, third, nth time. I even repeated some few scenes already, ‘cause I know I’ll miss the fantasy, the laughter, the sadness, the suspense, the love, the very heart of the drama - that the series itself successfully shared with its viewers.
I love Arang and the Magistrate. I love Korean Dramas. I highly recommend you guys to watch my Top 3.