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Fated to Love You (Korean version) Episode 5-6 Thoughts

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Another week of Fated to Love You has come and gone. Episode 5 was pretty much what I had expected. I knew we were going to see the not so nice side of Lee Gun since he believes that Mi Young was involved in the whole drugging incident. I do have to say though, he did redeem himself nicely in episode 6. Episode 6 was probably my favorite episode so far, or tied with episode 2. So far, it’s been pretty impossible for me to stay mad at Gun, because he can be so sweet.

I mentioned this on twitter briefly:

I feel like Mi Young has a hold on Lee Gun. He is really drawn to her sweetness and she seems to calm him down greatly. He can’t seem to stay mad at her. I feel like they are Kindred Spirits, even though they have some very obviously different character traits. At their core, they are both very loving and giving. Even though Lee Gun is in love with Se Ra, I feel as though there is an invisible string connecting Lee Gun and Mi Young’s hearts. When Mi Young speaks in her meek, honest, selfless way, it tugs on Gun’s heart. It’s not so much strong romantic feelings right now, but I can see it slowly developing. I like that it’s not based on looks or status. What he’s attracted to is her pure, selfless Soul – her as a person.

Now, who knows, he may flip-flop back and forth from this point on, I’m not sure. But what I do know, is there is definitely chemistry and a connection there.

Episode 6 has so many great cute/sweet moments. I loved how they made reference to Jang Hyuk’s TJ – back in the day when he did the Project where he rapped. I never get sick of these references to his previous works. It makes me so glad I watched tones of his other stuff before this drama. I would have still enjoyed it, but as a huge fan, it makes it that much more enjoyable.

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Fated to Love You (Korean version) Episode 3-4 Thoughts

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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This drama is great. I love a good romantic comedy. It’s funny, with colorful characters, but the characters are also infused with humanity. As over the top as they may be at times, I feel like I can sympathize and relate to them.

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**Contains Episode Spoilers**

Mi Young continues to be one of my favorite characters. She reminds me a little too much of myself in how she’s always thinking about others and how they feel rather than herself. I really understand why she is like this and feel her intentions are so pure, and that she can’t help but be this way. She’s not doing it to impress anyone – it’s in her nature.

Lee Gun is our star. You can’t help but be pulled into his ridiculousness and swoon at this gentleness when he shows how caring he is. In these episodes I really feel he’s been “sucked in” by Mi Young. Her unselfish nature has really seemed to affect him. Unfortunately he’s a super paranoid person, so he’s convinced himself it’s all an act, so I expect we’ll see a lot of melodramatics from him in the episodes to come.

My favorite Lee Gun moments in Episodes 3 and 4 were as follows:

His reaction to seeing the Lawyer

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When he thinks he sees Mi Young

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His gentle side in the storage Room

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Lee Gun stops Mi Young from getting an abortion

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His honest proposal

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His bizarre fear of snails

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So, what do I expect will happen next? At first I was worried that Lee Gun would turn super mean, but Drama Fan had a good point that he’ll more likely throw his temper tantrums rather than actually do something to really upset us. I’ll be observing closely how he treats Mi Young in the episodes to come now that he thinks her kindness is all an act and that she was in on the whole drugging thing.

I’m guessing we’ll see a lot more of Daniel now and that his relationship with Mi Young will start to deepen. I’m curious if she’ll start having feelings for him, or if it’ll be more like he’s a nice person, but no chemistry.

When will Se Ra return and will she be a jealous mess, or will Lee Gun hide the marriage from her?

Please no spoilers if you have seen the Taiwanese version. Plus, the events may not follow the same way anyway.

Episode 3 and 4 rating: 4.8/5

Truly enjoying this!

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Fated to Love You (Kdrama) Fan Art by Zhaoul

Art, Fan Art, Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Hello! I still have to form together my thoughts of episode 3 and 4 of Fated to Love you. In the meantime, I wanted to draw some more fan art. I will say, I really liked the last two episodes. Lee Gun has been a bit of a roller coaster, but that doesn’t surprise me by any means. His core person is someone I really like, so I do hope that we see more of that in between his paranoid freak-outs.

Mi Young is still extremely likable. I still can’t get past how genuine she is; which is ironic because Lee Gun seems to think she’s this master manipulator now.

That’s all I’ll say for now.

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More Fated to Love you (Korean Drama) Fan Art by Zhaoul

Art, Fan Art, Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Here’s another piece of fan art I made from Episode two. I love this moment where they are… you know. This illustrate it in such an innocent cute way, while still making it obvious.

I made this one more stylized since the background already had that “cartoonish” look.

If you have any special requests for Fated to Love you fan art let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

 

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Fated to Love You (Korean Version) Episode 2 thoughts

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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We’re two episodes in now, and I’m loving this drama. Some people may have been taken back a bit by Lee Gun’s overwhelming eccentric character in episode 1. Personally I love it, but he’s certainly unique. As a super Jang Hyuk fan, I knew the actor would show us much more than just this one side of his character. Sure enough, in episode 2, we start to see other sides to him. At times in the episode, he showed us that Jerk Chaebol character, but then he softened up and showed that he really does have a big heart.

I continue to find Jang Nara’s portrayal of Mi Young delightful. I felt really bad for her in this episode. She’s so sweet, but unfortunately people tend to take advantage of that if you let them.

So I feel kind of silly; I referred to Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk) as a bad boy in the last episode and it turns out he’s not. I think I’m really going to like him.

I think I’m really at an advantage not having seen the original. It’s nice this way since I’m not comparing the actors.

Episode 2 rating: 4.8/5

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Fated to Love You (Korean Version) Episode 1 thoughts

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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First comes love, than comes marriage, than comes “insert name here” in baby carriage. Oh wait… that’s not how it goes in this drama. First comes intoxication, than comes fornication, than comes .. well, you get the idea. 

Sometimes it’s fun when the romantic order is all jumbled up.

The Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You was very popular back in 2008. Six years later, here comes the Korean version. Some people have been excited while others have been nervous or have been feeling skeptical. Remakes can go either way; They can be very successful and also have the possibility of tanking.

After watching the first episode, I wanted to discuss my thoughts towards, what I believe to be, a promising remake. I’ll be honest; I haven’t watched the original  – yet. I was planning on watching it eventually. I wanted to wait until after I saw the Korean version because I didn’t want the original to influence my opinion too much on the remake. I do know though how the story goes, so I have some idea of what’s in store for us.

Reasons to Watch

Gotta Love Reunion Dramas

Jand Nara and Jang Hyuk have worked together before. Back in 2002, they starred together in Succesful Story of a Bright Girl. They had great chemistry and played off of each other extremely well. The only area that needed improvement was the kiss. Back in 2002, Jang Nara was still young and uncomfortable with the kiss. In the end, they ended up staging the kiss. This is their chance to show us that chemistry with some fantastic lip-locking!

It’s Really Funny, Really!

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First episodes can be pretty boring, but I thought they did a good job of making it interesting and laugh out loud funny. There were quirky moments right off the bat.

My thoughts on the Cast and Characters

Nam Se-Ra

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I thought I wouldn’t like Nam Se-Ra (played by Wang Ji-Won) right off the bat, but I have to say, I was pretty impressed. I liked how she pokes fun of Daniel as he tries to pick up a lady on the plane. She seems right through him. I think she’s pretty sharp. I didn’t know much about her personality, so I found it really interesting to watch her. She doesn’t seem like an obvious match for Lee Geon, so I’m wondering how they got together.

Daniel

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I know there are lots of Choi Jin Hyuk super fans out there. He is a good actor and he was great in this episode. I didn’t really know what to expect from his character but I was confident he would play it well. I liked his style and I think he’s going to be really fun to watch. I also believe he’ll add a very interesting dynamic. I want to see more scenes with him. I love how his character and Lee Gun’s are very different. I also can’t wait to see his interactions with Kim Mi-Young (Jang Nara). I adore that he has a bit of a bad boy flare. Often with second leads, they are super nice and get friend zoned pretty quickly. I think he’ll help make this a pretty intense love triangle (or square).

The Return of the Post-it Girl 

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Jang Nara was perfect as the post-it girl, Kim Mi-Young. She’s so sweet and sadly a push-over. I really like her kind nature. She seems very sincere and it’s sad to see how people take advantage of her. The wardrobe and glasses complemented her role perfectly. I thought her acting was superb. I’ve enjoyed her in other dramas, but I think this might turn out to be her best performance.

A very Eccentric, Hilarious Lee Gun

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Wowza! As a Jang Hyuk fan I can tell you, I’m very pleased. He was funny, and played the part of Company President very well. The first scene was brilliant with the commercial. I was enjoying myself immensely. The only awkward part was watching it with my boyfriend (who so kindly watched in with me… after I basically forced him).

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I couldn’t stop smirking as Lee Gun ripped off his shirt, soaking wet in the most ridiculous yet alluring fashion. For anyone that has seen him in episode 45 of running man, it reminded me of when he was improvising a fake cosmetic commercial. He soaks his face with water and gazes so intensely. It was sexy yet comical at the same time. They threw a couple other things in for us super fans, like when they started playing the OST from Chuno. I hope we get other dribbles of his works included. It’s like being part of an inside joke, yet it’s still funny if you don’t know the inside joke.

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I liked how sincere he was in the love for his girlfriend. So far I can tolerate his bratty spoiled moments. I’m really glad people will get to see this side of his acting skills since he often plays very serious characters. Oh, and his laugh. I love his crazy over the top laugh. I’m thinking of adopting this laugh myself to see how people react to it. I’m sure my coworkers will love it (not!).

So what did you think? Did you watch the first episode? Have you seen the original? What were your thoughts?

Episode rating: 4.5/5

You can watch the first episode on Viki

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Fated to love you: Teaser 1 OMG so cute!!!!

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama

Fated To Love You is the drama of the summer I’m looking forward to more than anything. Whether you’ve seen the Taiwanese original of this Korean remake or not, take a minute and watch the teaser. What do you think? Are you planning on watching?

Thanks to Zoi from Just Jang Hyuk for putting on YT and Thank you Stuck on Hyuk for making the video available on your blog with great photos.

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