Instead of trying to organize the comments by dramas that were produced last year, I just list whatever dramas that I watched in 2012 (so don’t eat me if some of these are oldies).
All pictures can be credited to various bloggers, websites, and published articles online.
Queen In Hyun’s Man
I know there is literally no action from the Korean side of this blog, and I don’t want to overextend myself (seeing as to how I’m not doing a very good job of updating this). But this is my Korean drama of the year (2011’s being City Hunter). All those who are interested in all things Korean should refer to http://www.dramabeans.com; the website does an amazing job recapping and reviewing Korean dramas and movies.
I am really tempted to write a full-blown review on this drama, but I really wanted to do a year-end review. So you will just have to settle for the mini-version.
All I have to say for this drama is ‘WOW that chemistry was amazing.’ The two leads not only stole the show, but they also moved the romance off-screen (my second favorite thing in dramaworld, second only to really good dramas). This is one of the best dramas I watched this year, including all my Chinese shows. I felt like I was experiencing the shock, infatuation, and smolder of falling in love with the leads.
Of course, the added plus is that in a year of many many time traveling dramas, Queen In Hyun’s Man actually had a plot that was slightly more believable and an intelligent hero and heroine (important criteria in a good drama, no matter how fluffy).
Zhen Huan Zhuan
The highlight of my experience with this drama is the character Guo Jun Wang (the 18th prince and brother to the Emperor). Man, some actors are just made to play a certain type of role. Li Dong Xue rocked his role and completely stole the show from veteran actor Chen Jian Bin, who played the Emperor.
Zhen Huan Zhuan is the typical palace harem drama of 2012, but with more seriousness and substance (at 76 episodes, this is a long one). Costumes were beautiful, women were graceful, and men were lacking in number (really only three men to watch for….and too many women to go around).
Shao Nian Song Shi Ji Xiao Lan (Young Ji Xiao Lan)
I just love this series because it’s a younger version of Ji Xiao Lan (and it reminds me slightly of Xin Jiu Pin Zhi Ma Guan). Victor Huang was pretty awesome, and Annie Yi was beautiful, as always. It was like a playful idol drama set in the Qing Empire.
I’ll love intellectuals until the day I die (knock on wood).
I know I haven’t been doing a great job watching any of Hu Ge’s dramas this year, but I just couldn’t get into Xuan Yuan Jian. I watched bits and pieces of it, but I just never really got into it. Same goes for all his recent dramas, actually. I think I was just forever scarred/drained by the Myth, so it’s taking me awhile to recover (not a valid excuse, really).
Holla at the big dramas of 2013: Chu Han Chuan Qi (massive budget on this one)
Alright, to apologize for my lacking drama year, I offer the following (shameless puddle of goo):