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Historical dramas have always had a special place in my heart, so I made a Tumblr! HERE‘s the link! It’s more geared towards graphics/gifs than actual opinions, though.

I will also try to get back into drama reviews, although they’ll be much shorter. A star rating & “afterthoughts” section is about all I can manage with work and trying to find energy for my teaching app.

Take Care of the Young Lady

Overall Rating:  

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Cast: Yoon Eun Hye | Yoon Sang Hyun | Jung Il Woo | Moon Chae Won

Also known as: 아기씨를 부탁해 (Korean title), Lady Castle, My Fair Lady

Dramawiki | Soompi | Crunchyroll

Kang Hye Na (YEH) is the rich young heiress of the Kangsan Group and beloved granddaughter of President Kang. She’s known for being spoiled, ill-tempered, and for constantly firing the butlers that her grandfather hires to watch over her. Seo Dong Chan (Yoon Sang Hyun) used to work at a host club and struggles both with debt and trying to outrun the bad rep chasing him. He lives with his mother’s friend and her daughter, Yeo Eui Joo (Moon Chae Won). He  treasures them as though they were related to him by blood, but Eui Joo has a one-sided crush on him. While hiding from gangsters who want their loan back, he accidentally meets President Kang. Dong Chan suddenly finds himself hired as Hye Na’s new butler.  She tries everything she can to get rid of him, but Dong Chan isn’t moved at all. After knocking down every suitor, Hye Na finds herself knocked down by the suave Attorney Lee Tae Yoon (Jung Il Woo), who hates the spoiled princess type of woman the most. Dong Chan gives her lessons on how to win Tae Yoon’s heart while finding that he himself is being won over by Hye Na.

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My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

Cast: Lee Seung Gi | Shin Min Ah | No Min Woo | Park Su Jin

 Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) is a student at an action school, raised by his wealthy grandfather and aunt. While his grandfather would like nothing more than for Dae Woong to marry quickly and give him grandchildren, Dae Woong himself only wants to play! His life changes forever when he visits a shrine and sees a painting of a gumiho (nine-tailed fox), whom a monk tells him was imprisoned there by the Three-god Grandmother. Suddenly there is a thunderstorm, and Dae Woong’s phone runs out of battery. Yet he is startled when a mysterious voice talks to him and tells him to draw nine tails on the fox in the painting. She tells him that she’s the gumiho in the painting, and was released thanks to him! Before he leaves the temple’s grounds, Dae Woong injures himself badly. Sensing his impending doom and wanting to repay him for her freedom, Mi Ho gives him her fox bead, which will keep him alive. He tries to get rid of her, but Mi Ho follows him all the way to Seoul. What will Dae Woong do with a 500-year-old myth following him around and always begging for meat?!

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Marry Me, Mary!

Cast: Jang Geun Suk | Moon Geun Young | Kim Jae Wook |Kim Hyo Jin

Wi Mae Ri (Moon Geun Young) is a young woman living with her widowed father. The two of them spend their time running away from loan sharks, and Mae Ri has even given up university in order to find a job and help her father.  Mae Ri accidentally hits the beautiful indie musician, Kang Moo Kyul (Jang Geun Suk). Meanwhile, an old family friend returns to Korea from Japan and wants to betroth his son, Byun Jung In (Kim Jae Wook) to Mae Ri! Moo Kyul’s ex-girlfriend Seo Joon (Kim Hyo Jin) shows up and becomes the lead actress in Jung In’s drama, but will only be his friend if Mu Kyul is single!

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Secret Garden

Cast: Hyun Bin | Ha Ji Won |Yoon Sang Hyun | Kim Sa Rang

Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) is the CEO of LOEL Department store and lives a life in want of nothing. To him, everyone else is just that – nothing. His older cousin, Choi Woo Young, is a Hallyu star known as Oska. When Joo Won is asked to pick up an actress for fear of her making a scandal, he makes a mistake and picks up her stunt double Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won) instead. Ra Im is a hardcore Oska fan, but is unaware that he and Joo Won are related. Ra Im wins a romantic getaway with Oska in Jejudo, the location of the music video Oska’s old flame Yoon Seul (Kim Sa Rang) is directing. The cousins and Ra Im make a bet and have a bike race. Ra Im gets lost, and Joo Won goes looking for her. They stumble into a strange restaurant and are given medicinal alcohol that causes them to switch bodies!

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2010 in review [blog stats]

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 79 posts. There were 53 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 14th with 122 views. The most popular post that day was Rating System.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.conduit.com, cuteoverload.com, facebook.com, allkpop.com, and soompi.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for korean movie, antique bakery, andy gillet, shin min ah, and virgin snow.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Rating System July 2009

2

Antique Bakery March 2009
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A Frozen Flower May 2009
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2 Faces of my Girlfriend April 2009

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Takumi-kun: Soshite, Harukaze ni Sasayaite May 2010
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Sunkyunkwan Scandal

Cast: Park Min Young | Micky Yoochun | Song Joong Ki | Yoo Ah In

Kim Yoon Hee  (Park Min Young) is a daughter of the Joseon era who is used to dressing up as a man. Her father is dead and her sick younger brother is unable to work, so who else will support the family? She works as a scribe who makes study guides for students, and is even paid to take tests in their place. But when she mistakes the Left State Minister’s uptight son, Lee Sun Joon (Yoochun) for the person she’s supposed to help cheat, she forms an unlikely friendship with him and enters the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University under her brother’s name. She and Lee Sun Joon share a room with the rebellious upperclassman Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In), nicknamed “Crazy Horse.” She also meets the fashionable playboy Goo Yong Ha (Song Joongki). The four form an unlikely bond, but will the knowledge that she’s a girl ruin everything for them?

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Ja Myung Go [audio review]

First time doing this! I hate my recorded voice, but I was too lazy to type it all out. As it turns out, you’ll probably need to turn up your volume.

The countries involved are Naklang (Lahee’s and Ja Myung’s people) and Gorguyeo (Hodong’s people)

Cast:

  • Jung Ryu Won: Princess Ja Myung / Puku
  • Park Min Young: Princess La Hee (Ja Myung’s older sister)
  • Jung Kyung Ho: Prince Hodong
  • Moon Sung Geun: King Daemusin (Hodong’s father, King of Gorguryeo)
  • Kim Sung Ryung: Mo Ha So (Ja Myung’s mother, 1st queen of Naklang)
  • Hong Yo Seob: Chae Ri (Ja Myung & La Hee’s father)
  • Lee Mi Sook: Wang Ja Shil / Lady Hae (La Hee’s mother, 2nd queen of Naklang)
  • Lee Joo Hyun: Wang Hol (General, La Hee’s uncle)
  • Yeo Wook Hwan: Il Poom/Hengkai (Puku’s “older brother”)
  • Park Hyo Joo: Chi So (servant of the 2nd queen of Naklang)
  • Sung Hyun Ah:  Song Maesolsoo (1st queen of Gorguyeo, wife of Daemushin)
  • Kim Ga Yun: Princess Yeo Rang (Hodong’s aunt, younger sister of Daemushin)
  • Lee Han Wie: General Woonaru (wife of Yeo Rang, brother-in-law of Daemushin)
  • Ji Sung Won: Dong Go Bi (Servant of the 1st queen of Naklang/Il Poom’s aunt)
  • Go Soo Hee: Mo Young Hae (Wang Hol’s wife/previous wife of Wang Geng)
  • Jo Mi Ryung: Mi Chu (Mistress of children’s troupe)
  • Kang Ye Sol: So So (a member of the troupe, likes Hengkai)
  • Lee Won Jong: Cha Cha Song (Master of the troup,e Mi Chu’s husband)
  • Na Han Il: Wang Geng (Older brother of Ja Shil & Hol)
  • Kim Hak Chul: Boo Dal (Wang Geng’s soldier)
  • Lee Young Bum: Eul Doo Ji (Hodong’s mentor)

Rating: 3.5/5

Stand Up!! episode 4 summary

Boobies!

We join Shou-chan again on the floor and talking about how he’s only been hit by his father three times in his life. The first was by accident during a nap together. The 2nd time was in junior high during a race when it seemed like he couldn’t go on. And the third is where we jump in as the whole town tries to get Shou-chan to work at their store. Shou-chan is gonna quit school and he’s gotten Mochizuki-sensei pregnant and word has gotten ’round to his parents!

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