Otome Tuesdays- Meet the Boys Part 2

Ah, another bishonen-filled Tuesday.  This week we’ll be covering the last of the potential suitors in the game Shall We Date- My Sweet Prince(sans Nagito, as I’m currently playing through him.  I have a feeling once I’ve finished his story-line, I’ll have a post dedicated to him or at least mention him in an upcoming post).  Just as the previously mentioned princes, these four all have personalities that range from playful to excruciatingly obnoxious, but somehow they tug on those heartstrings.  Well, sometimes they do.

jun1) Prince Jun– Ugh, you know I usually enjoy picking the snotty and cold characters, only because they do a complete 180 and redeem themselves in the end.  Jun manages that, but not without making you want to punch him in the face.  Jun is the forceful prince, whom seems to desire the crown more than his other brothers.  He likes to trick the PC, warming her up into thinking he’s a decent fellow, but it’s all an act to gain her favor and get her to bestow him with the bracelet.  Of course he changes.  I mean, this is an Otome game.  Cold exteriors melt into little puddles and we’re left with a somewhat warmer and slightly randy love interest (omg how many characters don’t hint at wanting to do “things” to the PC?).  Jun isn’t simply a cold, manipulating, and sometimes cruel character just for the sake of being so.  Just as Melchiorre, he’s a complex prince that has a purpose for every action he takes.  His reason for the crown is not simply to gain power.  Of the princes, his reasons for taking the crown are valiant, though it takes a while for you to see that.  The ending to Jun’s story is beautiful, just because I dig a guy that’ll do anything to get the girl he loves.

Despite Jun becoming a warmer prince to the PC in the end, his spin-off stories are frustrating.  His old personality seems to pop back up.  Having played through three of his spin-off stories, I can say that if you enjoyed the crueler side of Jun, it’s still there!  The Royal Baby storyline just made me shake my head.  Seriously, someone give that man a computer and teach him to use Bing/Google.

Choose Jun- If you enjoy the cold/cruel type.  Don’t worry, he thaws towards the end and turns out to be a pretty noble character, though in the spin-offs  his demeanor seems to drift back to its old self.

alvah2) Prince Alvah– My goodness, Alvah.  He reminded me of a squirrel on Red Bull.  Alvah is the playful and energetic prince of the lot.  He enjoys recreational sports and showing the PC around town.  Even the PC remarks on how energetic Alvah is and how out of shape she really is, when it comes to keeping up with Alvah.  His very first CG is the image on the right, which was very surprising, as I wasn’t expecting any shirtless CGs.  DO I approve?

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Clearly, she approves!

Like his brother Melchiorre, Alvah does not desire the crown, but desires a friendship with the PC.  He’s very protective of her, which comes in very hand when Jun tries to dig his claws into her.  The only thing I enjoyed about Alvah’s storyline was that he was protective of the PC and that he began “guarding” her at night, which was adorable.  He has his own reasons for not wanting to be king, which were a little confusing.  Honestly, Alvah has been my least favorite of the princes, only because his story just seemed to lack something.  His romance with the PC just seemed a little unnatural, as I didn’t feel there was much chemistry building between the two as the story progressed.  The ending made me facepalm.

Choose Alvah- If you enjoy the protective and energetic type.  His story may be a little lack luster, but if you’re into his personality, you might enjoy it.  Also, shirtless CG.

ivan3) Ivan the Butler– I wasn’t entirely sure how the story would play out for Ivan.  He’s much older than your other love interests and is probably the same age as the PCs father.  Yet the image to the right, is why I decided I had to play him.  Come on, that’s one hot forty year old butler right there.  He criticizes the PC more than is necessary and tends to subtly insult her lack of manners (in reality, she’s doing her best and isn’t all that rude.  It’s a matter of customs and differences that each side needs to understand).  It appears he seems to think little of the PC, but he is curious about her and wishes to know more of her and her culture.  Ivan is also a foreigner, though he does not mention where he is from.  He does little things for the PC which were just awww moments and the scene where they took shelter in the shack. . .too cute and funny.

The ending of Ivan’s story had me flabbergasted, even after the story had finished.  I’m not sure how to feel about Ivan after the story.  In a way, his story was disappointing and I’m almost angry at the PC for being “okay” with what happened.  Personally, if this had been myself, I would not have accepted what occurred and picked one of the princes, even though they were pretty persistent in this story.

Choose Ivan- If you’re into the older and more mature types.  Also if you just want someone that isn’t royalty and puts you on an emotional roller coaster!

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Fangirl Friday- Fated to Love You

Fated to Love You

Fated to Love You

It’s been a while since I really got into a K-drama.  Over the last year I’ve started six or more dramas, which seemed to flounder half way and lost my attention before I could reach the end.  So far MBC’s Fated To Love You has been an exception.  An ADORABLE exception.  My goodness, there is so much that is cute and right about this series, that I don’t know where to start.

Fated to Love you is a remake of the Popular Taiwanese series of the same name (though as in most series, the translation differs).  The series follows the wickedly slick Lee Gun, the chaebol heir and eldest son of the household and the sweet yet incredibly shy Kim Mi-Young.  The males of Lee Gun’s family seem to suffer from some unfortunate disease that ends in the death of each male in their 30s.  Fearing that she will be left without an heir, the chairwoman(Gun’s grandmother) asks Lee Gun to marry and have a child before the family is left with his younger half brother as the only heir(oh yeah, lets not allow slimy half-bro and step-mom to have any more power than they already possess).

Luckily, Lee Gun has plans to marry his girlfriend of six years, a ballet dancer named Kang Se-ra.  On her way back to Korea after losing out on the chance of performing in New York, she encounters Daniel Pitt whom, as we all know, is going to be wound in this story somehow.  It’s no chance meeting.  There’s no such thing in K-dramas, right?!  Daniel is a famous artist, though it seems nobody on the plane seems to recognize our famous oppa.

Kim Mi-Young, our delicate and too helpful office girl, is known around her office as “post-it.”  A negative name, to denote that she’s necessary but not considered important.  Co-workers are constantly asking her for favors, which she willingly accepts as she hates turning down those that ask of her help.  She has a slight crush on her office-mate  Lawyer Min, whom seems rather taken by her and is always helping her when he can.  Potential romance?  Well, not exactly.

It just so happens that Lee Gun is planning an over-the-top engagement to Se-Ra in Macau.  When I say over the top, there’s banners that display photos of the couple posted around the place.  Yeah, he’s throwing it all in for this woman.  After a hilarious meeting between Lee Gun and Mi-Young (Mi-Young attempts to save a toddler from danger and shenanigans ensue), they haven’t started on the right foot.   After heading back to work, Mi-Young’s office is raffling tickets for a vacation to Macau.  SURPRISE!  Mi-Young, whom never has luck at these sort of things, manages to win the tickets!  And of course, she needs a date.  Hmm, I wonder whom will be going with her?  Seemingly innocent Lawyer Min that loves to be her knight in shining armor?

Neither Lee Gun nor Mi-Young are aware that one or the other are on the island and Mi-Young overhears Lee Gun practicing his proposal to Se-Ra (whom decides to jet back to New York last minute after getting a call that she’s been accepted to the ballet and decides to tell Lee Gun over the phone and a bit too late).  Mi-Young begins to cough and grabs a bottle of water out of the fountain beside her, and hides while drinking down the water (which happens to be drugged.  I always enjoy grabbing randomly floating bottles of water in fountains and taking a swig.  OI!).  Drugged drink provided by President Park and Mr. Choi, whom are there to confront Gun about purchasing the soap factory on Yeoul island.  I suppose they hoped to catch him in a scandal, having hired a woman to sleep with Gun and take photos the following day.  They manage to convince Gun to drink from a bottle of water, which SURPRISE!  Is drugged like the first bottle.

They help Gun back to his room and after passing out on the bed, they undress him to setup the scene.  It just so happens that our mysterious woman in black, whom is suppose to lay with Gun, never makes it into the room.  Note to self- bumping doors can lead to accidentally flipping of numbers and scandalous things.  Mi-Young, still in a daze from the drugs, arrives to room 2006 and opens the door.  Only, it’s not room 2006.  Thanks president Park and Mr. Choi, you’re really helping a girl out with your not quite working-as-planned shenanigans.

So what do two heavily-drugged people do when laying in the same bed?  The results are pretty hilarious and just proves why drinking from random bottles is a bad idea!  It turns out that Mr. Choi is Mi-Young’s brother-in-law and there are some pretty funny scenes between he and president Park.  The trip which seems to be a total disaster, just seems to get worse.  Mi-Young learns of Lawyer Min’s true intentions of coming with her and his thoughts of her (that most likely mirror what most of her co-workers think).  Lee Gun comes to the rescue, having overheard Lawyer Min’s confession as he was returning Mi-Young’s shoes, which she had left behind.  The next few scenes were just so adorable I kept giggling.  He turns our little post-it girl into a queen, to boost her confidence, which she seems to lack in general.  Gun, you are da man.

After a sweet send-off, the two expect to never hear from each other and vow to forget what happened.  Ha, like that was going to happen!  Their one night together ends in Mi-Young’s pregnancy and what follows is a roller coaster of a comedy.  Gun isn’t the most gentile man, at least not in the beginning and has his selfish moments.  As he gradually warms up to Mi-Young, you can’t help but love him.  Hell, you can’t help but love him when he’s. . .well. . .being Gun.  His laugh is so infectious, I can’t help but grin when I hear it.

Fated to Love you is one of the few series that I’ve watched and couldn’t think of a single episode I’ve disliked thus far.  Kudos to the writers for continuing to keep the cuteness to this series from episode to episode.  I can only hope they keep that same momentum and quality, even with the coming episodes that, if you know anything of the previous series, becomes heart-wrenching.  Gun and Mi-Young have some of the cutest chemistry that I’ve seen in a series in a loooooong time.  Goodness, when this series comes to a close, I will probably bawl like a baby.  Scenes like Gun telling Mi-Young to give him the rice face that looks like her instead of his own, just made me giggle.  “It’s scary to eat my own face.”  Yeah, like eating the rice decorated like her own face isn’t weird either.  You silly boy.

I also can’t help but love the chemistry between Gun and Mi-Young’s mom.  Encouraging him to call her mom, since he lost his mother at such a young age, had me tearing up.  It was a beautiful gesture and it made me happy to see Gun so elated to be able to say the word “mom” again.  The idea of even having someone close to a mom just seem to make him overjoyed.  It’s easy to see that he genuinely enjoys mother-in-law and the karaoke scene was priceless.  Gah, SERIOUSLY TOO MUCH CUTE IN ONE EPISODE!

If you haven’t seen Fated to Love You, I encourage you to check it out!  You can see it via Viki, Drama Fever, and many other sites/apps.  Also, you know you want to see Gun suds up his hair.

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Yeah, you advertise that shampoo, Gun! Damn, I’d buy that shampoo.