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Coffee Prince

Genre: romance, comedy, gender-bender

Episodes: 17 + 1 special episode

Main actresses: Yoon Eun Hye, Chae Jung An

Main actors: Gong Yoo, Lee Sun Kyun, Kim Chang Wan, Kim Dong Wook, Kim Jae Wook, Lee Eon

Story: Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is a young hard working girl who’s doing all kind of small jobs to pay off the depts of her family. On her way to earn as much money as possible is no time to concern herself with maintaining a womans female image and she ends up looking boyish enough to be mistaken for a guy. Choi Han Gyul (Gong Yoo) on the other hand is the rich heir to a big food company and constantly pestered by his grandmother to go on blind dates and finally settle down. Not enough with that is she also giving him the task to run a filthy coffee shop which’s on the verge of going bankrupt. One day Han Gyul coincidentally bumps into Eun Chan and grabs the chance by the collar: Thinking she’s a guy is he offering her money to play his gay lover so that his grandmother eventually leaves him alone with all her women. Eun Chan, always in Need of money, accepts the challenge and is also hired by him to work at his coffee shop called “Coffee Prince” where only male workers are allowed to serve. Alongside other adorable characters are they trying to safe the shop from going down. Problems arise when somewhere in the middle of everything Eun Chan and Han Gyul start to develop feelings for each other: How can she confess when he thinks that she’s a guy? And how is he going to accept his – alleged – homosexuality?

Trailer (I searched for a better one but every other video is full of spoilers so… I’m sorry! -.- ):

Own opinion: It’s the third korean drama I’ve watched and still one of my favourites! “Coffee Shop” made Yoon Eun Hye my most beloved actress next to Song Ji Hyo and I really like every character involved here. The whole plot feels like drinking a coffee flavoured with sugar and cinnamon: Sweet and a little bit bitter with a slightly surprising taste after swallowing it down.

I totally love it that the main female character really looks like it could be easy to mistake her for a boy. Most of the times gender-bender dramas tend to choose an actress who’s definitly too cute and/or womanly to be male and it seems almost annoyingly fictitious that other people think she’s a guy. Not so in “Coffee Prince”! I’m not saying that Yoon Eun Hye isn’t attractive or anything but back then she was still childlike enough to make her appear really manly. I also think it’s a nice touch that Eun Chan isn’t really trying to appear male to anyone per se. She’s just herself and not interested in dresses, make-up and such. She doesn’t want to fool the people around her – they simply misunderstand her.

The other thing about “Coffee Prince” that I totally adore is the conflict of Han Gyul confronting his homosexuality – which isn’t really one since the guy he falls for is in truth a girl but it’s nice to watch him being all confused nontheless! The korean society tends to hush up this topic even though everyone knows it exists. I think it’s greatly implemented in this drama – both the problems you face with the society and the ones you must fight out with yourself.

Rating: 9 / 10. One point minus because I think it’s a great drama but it just takes more for me to make it a full-point one. It’s nice, fluffy and cute. The side story of the other couple’s a little annoying but okay and the additional characters sooo darn adorable! All in all a sweet, funny and romantic story no one should miss.

Mendol-Ikemen Idol

Genre: music, comedy

Episodes: 12

Main actresses: Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Minegishi Minami

Story: Asahi (Kojima Haruna), Nami (Takahashi Minami) and Hinata (Minegishi Minami) are all young, pretty and cute. The three of them want to be famous Idols by any means which’s why they attend one casting after another. But despite disappointments, failures and sexual assaults there’s nothing going as they wish for. Then one day – after another failed audition – they witness a criminal act and are now the target of those gangsters. Unexpectedly, the director of an entertainment agency helps them flee and even offers to let them debut… provided their approval to disguise themselves as a boy group! So besides the hurdles of a normal fresh music trio enterting the music business Asahi, Nami and Hinata have to be especially cautious about their identities not being revealed. And as if that wouldn’t be enough other problems start to arise thanks to their masquerade – for example a forceful songstress who falls in love with the male version of Nami, a producer who likes Asahi as a guy and begins to question his sexuality and a paparazzo childhood friend who stalks them 24h per day. How are they ever going to live the life of an Idol in all this chaos?

The opening (I didn’t find it with english subtitles but it pretty much explaines itself.):

Own opinion: To be honest I think it’s quite weird. The idea’s really cool and unique which’s why I watched it in the first place but the whole making’s just totally bizarre. Let alone the fact that Minegishi Minami is way too cute and feminine to look like a boy. I guess I need to ignore that one because they all played together in this drama since they’re a girl group in real life anyway. Ever heard of “AKB48”? It’s the most famous girl group in Japan and probably whole Asia. You’ll know why if you look at the name. Oh yes! Not kidding you! “AKB48” has exactly 48 young female members. Because all of them could never fit on one stage they’ve countless sub-units – one of them called “no3b”, including our main actresses in this dorama. Don’t ask me about the name of that sub-unit though. I don’t get it either.

Well, there are still a lot of other things which bothered me while watching this series besides their absolutely not-male faces. For example the fact that they always wear the same stage outfit. I mean: Yes, it’s definitely stylish but which idol group’s wearing the same thing over and over again? Doesn’t it smell? Or for another example those really really really weird L-scenes. It’s not about the fact that they’re women but about the fact they kissed every five friggin’ minutes! WHY? Move on with the plot, damnit! I also like kisses – but not ten times in a row! -.- Maybe I could’ve even ignored that but what the heck was it with that damn whip? O.o So strange!!

The only things which kept me watching were: First of all the relationship between that songstress and Nami – so darn cute! ❤ Second Minegishi Minami. I didn’t know her before but even as a woman I can’t deny the fact that she’s the most adorable girl I’ve ever seen. Like a doll! Flawless from every angle. >.< Well, and as for the third thing it’s the length of this series. Every episode’s around 30 minutes long and the whole drama only has 12 episodes. I thought about this matter kind of like drawing a picture: Even if I’m going to throw it away at the end I still need to finish it to see how it looks as a complete composition. And it won’t even take that much time.

Rating: 4 / 10 – The idea’s good and the title song “3 Seconds” pretty catchy, alright. Some scenes are funny and the costumes rather cool. The rest though… -.-