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DryedMangoez reviews of television series, films and music.

Good Ol’ Review: Fluffy “Mr. Heart” a Refreshing Watch
Good Ol’ Review: Excellent Cast, Strong Writing Power the Warmth and Sincerity of “Welcome to Samdal-ri”

It’s always a welcome treat when a series like Welcome to Samdal-ri (웰컴투 삼달리) comes along and offers up a thoroughly enjoyable and wholesome viewing experience. The 2023-2024 JTBC drama is an excellent series that follows the journeys of an engaging and eclectic group of characters through healing, romance, self-discovery and community. Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hae Sun lead an outstanding ensemble cast that elevates the already strong material and breathtaking visuals.

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Hindsight Review: GMMTV’s Thai Adaptation of “Cherry Magic” an Absolute Joy to Watch

GMMTV’s Thai adaptation of the popular manga Cherry Magic (30 ยังซิง) has been a sweet, romantic and thoroughly enjoyable treat. Tay Tawan and New Thitipoom showed they’ve still got it as the experienced actors and popular pairing led a strong cast through entertaining and relatable stories. With a bit of slice of life feels, sincere emotions and a lot of fun, Cherry Magic is an all-around success.

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Ohsama Sentai King-Ohger Season Wrap-Up
Good Ol’ Review: Good Things Not Enough to Make Up for Shortcomings of “Happy Ending Romance”
Good Ol’ Review: Shin Ha Kyun, Kim Young Kwang and Shin Jae Ha Shine in “Evilive”

Evilive (악인전기) is a dark exploration of morality wrapped up in suspenseful and gritty package. Shin Ha Kyun, Kim Young Kwang and Shin Jae Ha deliver captivating performances in this slowburn of a story. You may not know exactly what you’re getting into when you first begin the series. But as our main characters’ stories become more intertwined, the dark path they eventually embark upon reveals some interesting and thought provoking ideas.

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Good Ol’ Review: Good Potential of “Behind Cut” Held Back by Limitations of Format

If there was a webseries that best exemplifies the drawbacks of the platform and format, it is Behind Cut (비하인드 컷). This BL series, like many a webseries, has a solid premise. But the limitations of the platform and format keep it from being a more well-put together series. Its story, execution and the performances of its promising cast are held back. And ultimately, while a quick watch, leaves you unsatisfied in the end.

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Good Ol’ Review: Park Jun Mook and Kim Seong Hyuk Shine in Poetic “Happy Ending”
Good Ol’ Review: “The Eighth Sense” a Poignant and Thoughtful Exploration of Love, Trauma and Mental Health

Writers and directors Werner du Plessis and Inu Baek deliver a revelatory narrative and visual experience in the series The Eighth Sense (여덟 번째 감각). Its careful, nuanced and unflinching portrayal of young love, friendships and mental health offer a different, though very welcome change of pace. And not just for the Korean BL genre, but perhaps Korean drama as a whole.

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Good Ol’ Review: The Inspiring Warmth of “Twinkling Watermelon”
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