K-DRAMAS RELEASING IN 2021: Must Watch, Definitely Skip OR Let’s See How it Goes

By Anjola & Foyin

Devil Judge: 악마판사 Also Known As: agmapansa , The Demon Judge , The Devil Judge

Synopsis: A chase drama about a judge trying to punish the existence of evil by turning a court into a reality show, and a judge who wants to know the identity of his associate. (Source: MyDramaList from HanCinema). Genre: Mystery, Law/Procedural, Drama. Release date: June 2021 Production: TvN Cast: Jisung, GOT7 JinYoung, Park Gyu Young

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Must watch for me!!! I absolutely love all Jisung Dramas and I’m a core IGOT7 (Ahgase) and I generally enjoy watching Jinyoung act. Added to the male leads bias is the fact that this drama has one of my favourite genres (procedural), I love the plot line and so I’m very excited seeing the direction this drama would take.

Foyin: Definitely skipping- I generally don’t enjoy court dramas.

Deluxe Taxi: 모범택시 Also Known As: Model Taxi , Red Cage , Mobeomtaxi , Mobeomtaeksi , Exemplary Taxi

Synopsis: Kim Do Ki is a mysterious driver for the taxi company whose mother was murdered. Kang Ha Na is a passionate attorney. Go Eun is an IT specialist, while others consider her a hacker. Along with Kim Do Ki, she works as part of Rainbow Taxi Company to solve people’s problems. (Source: Soompi & MyDramaList). Adapted from the original webtoon of the same name by Carlos and Keukeu Jae Jin. Release Date: According to MyDramaList, expected release date is March 2021. Production: SBS. Cast: Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Lee Na Eun

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: This is definitely a let’s see how it goes for me. Like I said before, I really enjoy watching thriller/crime/procedural, however I’m not too familiar with the actors in this drama except Esom (from He is Psychometric). This is one of those dramas that can either be really good or really bad, so let’s see!

Foyin: Definitely Skipping- I hate thrillers🙃

Joseon Exorcist:  조선구마사 Also Known As: joseongumasa , Chosun Gumasa , Joseon Gumasa , Chosungumasa

Synopsis:“Joseon Exorcist” will be a fantasy-action sageuk that takes place after the establishment of the Joseon dynasty and tells the story of the undead who come back to life after being killed by the royal family. (Source: MyDramaList & Soompi). Genres: ActionHistoricalDramaFantasy Cast: Jang Dong Yoon, Lee Yoo Bi, Park Sung Hoon Release Date: Expected release date is March 2021. Production: SBS

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Definitely Skip. I’m not the biggest fan of Sageuk (Historical Dramas) so instead of deceiving myself and putting this in the Let’s see category, I’m being honest, knowing that this is not a drama I would be watching.

Foyin: Let’s see.

Hospital Playlist 2

Synopsis: Most likely going to continue on from season 1 (AKA if you’ve not watched season 1, what are you still doing reading???) Genres: FriendshipComedyLifeDramaMedical. Cast: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jeon Mi Do, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung Release Date: April 2021 (filming was suspended due to COVID-19) Production: TvN & Netflix.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Must Watch!! There’s so many things I want to say about this drama, but I’m merely holding back because I KNOW some people reading this would not have watched Season 1. All I can say is, it’s the EVERYTHING for me- the cast, the friendship, the plot, the genre (medical, comedy) and I can’t wait to see what they plan on heightening and introducing in Season 2.

Foyin: Definitely watch- I loved Season 1 so definitely down for Season 2

You are my Spring Also Known As: neoneun naui bom , neoneun naeui bom.

Synopsis: “You Are My Spring” is about three characters who each live on with their seven-year-old selves in their hearts. All of the characters are held back by the keyword “salvation,” and the story begins there. The drama aims to be a “healing” romance story of seven-year-olds hiding behind adult facades. The character Kang Da Jung is a hotel concierge manager who takes after her father’s brains and her mother’s resourcefulness. She has never attended a private cram school like her peers, but she enters and finishes college with scholarships. She then goes on to find a job at a five-star hotel and rises up to the manager position faster than any of her fellow employees who were hired at the same time as her. Her problem is that she also takes after her mother’s poor choice in men and dates men who are terrible like her father. Yoon Kye Sang is said to have been offered the role of Joo Young Do, a psychiatrist who helps others heal their emotional wounds and find the will to live. However, he himself bears his own scars from not having been able to save his older brother and one of his patients. Genre: RomanceDramaFantasy. Production: TvN Release date: Sometime 2021 (Unsure) Cast: Seo Hyun Jin, Yoon Kye Sang.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Honestly, this is a very thin line between Let’s see and Skip. This plot is one of those here and there plots for me- the concern with fantasy plots is that it has the potential to go downhill and for those 16 episodes you’d end up in a ‘what did I just watch’ state of mind- so generally, I tend to steer clear of fantasy (with some limited exceptions of course). Beyond this, I really enjoyed Seo Hyun Jin in Dr. Romantic, but that’s literally the only drama I’ve seen her in and I’ve never watched any dramas with Yoon Kye Sang in it, so I can’t 100% say this is a let’s see how it goes- now, it’s leaning towards a Skip for me.

Foyin: Let’s see how it goes- will it give a chance because of the cast.

Sunbae, Don’t Put on that Lipstick AKA SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW: Also Known As: Sunbae, Don’t Put That Lipstick On , Senior, Don’t Apply That Lipstick , Senior, Don’t Put On That Lipstick , Sunbae, Geu Lipstick Bareujimayo , Seonbae, Geu Libseutik Bareuji Mayo , Sunbae, Libseutikeul Sseuji Ma , 선배, 립스틱을 쓰지 마

Synopsis: It tells the love story between a lovely “sunbae” (someone senior at work, school, or in an industry) and a bold “hoobae” (junior) who has it all: good looks, cuteness, sexiness, and a serious aura. Won Jin Ah takes on the role of Yoon Song Ah, who works at a cosmetics company as a professional brand marketer. She dreams of having her own cosmetics brand one day. Rowoon will play the straightforward hoobae cosmetics brand marketer Chae Hyun Seung. (Source: Soompi & MyDrama List). Genre:  ComedyRomanceDrama. Production: JTBC Release Date: January 18 2021. Cast: Won Jin Ah, SF9’s Rowoon.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Excuseeee me?? Have you seen those teasers?? MUST WATCH 100%. I am mentally counting down the days until the first episode airs. It’s a noona-romance as the synopsis states, but once you watch the trailer, teasers and the first episode, I promise you you’d get past the age gap (which in reality is probably not even that wide or big of a deal). I also really enjoyed Just Between Lovers because of Won Jin Ah so I’m really excited for this!

Foyin: Must watch for me.

School 2021

Synopsis: The story of students attending a specialized high school and pursuing their own dreams rather than go off to college. It will delve into how these students learn about love, friendship, the things they like versus the things they’re good at, and growing up in an intense environment. Do Bin is a hardworking student who takes on work and school at the same time and achieves his dream job after learning about love and friendship. (Source: Soompi & MyDramaList) Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Youth, Drama. Cast: Kim Yo Han, others TBC. Release Date: August 2021. Production: KBS2.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: What happened to 2018-2020? (jk). On a serious note, this is another thin line between let’s see and skip. I lied. It’s a skip for me. I never watched the school series and I don’t think I’d be watching this either.

Foyin: Let’s see. I enjoyed the last part, so will give this a chance.

Link: Eat, love & die Also Known As: Link: Eat and Love, Kill Me , Link: Eat and Love, to Kill , Lingkeu: Meoggo Salanghala, Jugige , Lingkeu: Meokgo Saranghara, Jukige , 링크 : 먹고 사랑하라, 죽이게

Synopsis: A fantasy mystery drama about a man and woman who share the same emotional state. Eun Gye Hoon is a chef who sets up a restaurant in the town where his twin sister went missing 20 years ago. He finds himself randomly experiencing emotions one day, spontaneously crying and laughing, and it turns out that they are the emotions of a woman named Noh Da Hyun (Source: Soompi & MyDramaList). Cast: Kim Ji Won, Kim Seon Ho. GenresMysteryRomanceDramaFantasy. Release Date: August 2021 Production: TvN.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: This is a 50-50 let’s see. Anyone who watched start-up and loved it may have had a severe second-lead syndrome (and for this reason I did not watch start-up, but let’s not get into that now). Clearly, they’re giving #TeamJiPyeong what they wanted- a Kim Seon-Ho lead drama

Navillera

Synopsis: It is about Duk Chool, who begins ballet at the age of 70, and the 23-year-old ballerino Chae Rok who gets lost while chasing his dreams. The drama will tell a story of growth about people who pursue their dreams because life only comes around once. Park In Hwan will be taking on the role of the retired mailman Duk Chool whose deeply hidden dream of becoming a ballerino resurfaces at an old age. He takes on the challenge of ballet to finally fulfill his lifelong desire. Song Kang will be playing Chae Rok, who started ballet late but has an extraordinary talent. Chae Rok has never thought of anything besides soccer, but after coincidentally watching a ballet performance, he feels something he can’t describe with words for the first time. Duk Chool also appears in his life to turn things inside out. Na Moon Hee will be playing Hae Nam, Duk Chool’s wife who takes care of her grownup children’s lives as if they were her own. She wants to live life quietly without becoming a burden to her children, but Duk Chool suddenly tells her that he wants to pursue ballet. Hong Seung Hee will be playing the role of Eun Ho, Duk Chool’s granddaughter who lives a life planned by her father. After meeting Chae Rok, she starts over again in order to find her own happiness and dreams, realistically portraying the life of a young woman in her 20s. (Source: Soompi & MyDramaList). Genres: Friendship, Life, Drama, Family. Release date: 2021 Cast: Song Kang, Park In Hwan, Hong Seung Hee. Production: TvN.

Watch, Skip, Let’s See?

Anjola:

Foyin: Navillera: Definitely skip- the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me

Island Also Known As: Aillaendeu

Synopsis: Won Mi-Ho is the only child of a father who runs the Daehan Group. She is arrogant and selfish, but she also looks sad. One day, she makes big trouble. Because of this, her father banishes her to Jeju Island. She is assigned to work there as a high school teacher. She teaches ethics. Meanwhile, Won Mi-Ho gets involved in a case related to ghosts. The ghosts have sought to get rid of the human world. They target Won Mi-Ho. A mysterious ghost hunter tries to protect Won Mi-Ho (Source: MyDramaList). Genre:  MysteryDramaFantasySupernatural. Cast: Im Si Wan, Seo Ye Ji, Kim Nam Gil.  Release Date: 2021. Production: OCN.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: After Lawless Lawyer and It’s Okay not to be Okay, Seo Ye Ji has easily crawled up the ladder of my favourite korean actresses. So, Seo Ye Ji, Yes please! I’ve never watched an Im Si Wan drama before but this plot line is something that’s quite intruiging (even though many of the ghost-fantasy kdrama plotlines end up being really boring to me (cc. Bring it on Ghost & Oh My Ghost)). It’s a let’s see how it goes for me-because no matter how much I love seo Ye Ji, if the plotline ends up being -ish, I would definitely drop this drama.

Foyin: Let’s see how it goes- I love the lead roles in talk.

River where the Moon Rises Also Known As: Cut From The Heart , Cut by the Heart , Pyeongkang, Cut to the Heart , Cut By The Heart , 마음에 베이다 , The Moon Rising River , Moonlit River , Dalyi Ddeuneun Gang , Maeume Beida , Dali Tteuneun Gang

Synopsis: “River Where the Moon Rises” retells the love story between Pyeonggang and On Dal, who are characters in a classic Goguryeo folktale. Pyeonggang, also known as Yeom Ga Jin, is an ambitious woman who dreams of becoming the first female to lead Goguryeo, and she uses On Dal’s feelings for her to achieve her goals. Kim So Hyun will play Pyeonggang, who is born a princess and raised a soldier. She is clever and level-headed. Ji Soo has been cast in the role of On Dal, a peace-loving, pure man who goes against his principles in order to protect Pyeonggang. Kang Ha Neul will play On Dal’s father On Hyup, the chief of the Sunnobu tribe and a general for Goguryeo. Lee Ji Hoon will play the elite general Go Geon, who is perfect in every way. For the first time in his life, he longs to make Pyeonggang his and dives into an intense fight for her heart. Choi Yoo Hwa will be Hae Mo Yong, who is determined to control Goguryeo and play with it as she wants. She is a woman with a beautiful face, a meticulous personality, a special power to foresee the future, and a big secret of her own. Hae Mo Yong falls in love with Go Geon and adds to the excitement of the drama. Genres: HistoricalRomanceDramaPolitical Cast: Kim So Hyun, Kim Ji Soo, Lee Ji Hoon, Choi Yoo Hwa. Production: KBS2 Release Date: March 2021.

Watch, Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: I don’t know about this one. On the one hand, I’m not a big sageuk watcher. On the other hand, it’s Ji Soo!! On that note, this safely puts this drama in the Let’s see how it goes category.

Foyin: Let’s see how it goes- I love historical dramas with young cast.

Voice 4

Synopsis: I’m guessing this follows the plot as with the other parts of this series. Genres:  ThrillerMysteryPsychologicalDetectiveInvestigation Cast: Lee Ha Na, Song Seung Heon Release Date: June 20 2021. Production: OCN

Watch. Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: I watched Voice 1 & 2 fully and I absolutely loved Kim Jae Wook’s villanism in 1. I also really enjoyed how the plot turned in Season 2 which motivated me to watch Season 3. After starting season 3, I decided to take a break and put this drama on hold never to return simply because it just became too much for me. With season 4 looming mid next year, I just might return to complete season 3 in anticipation of season 4 just cause of how much the plot appeals to me. Based on this, this is a really strong Let’s see how it goes for me.

Foyin: Definitely skip- never watched any season.

Daebak Real Estate

Synopsis: Daebak Real Estate” is an occult drama about real estate brokers who exorcise and clean out buildings in which ghosts frequent and people have died in. Jang Nara has been offered the role of Daebak Real Estate’s boss and exorcist Hong Ji Ah. Although she seems perfect with her beauty and intelligence, she’s actually a hot-tempered exorcist whose fists come before her words. Her ability to exorcise has been passed down from her mother. Jung Yong Hwa is in talks for the role of Oh In Bum, a con artist who doesn’t believe in ghosts but uses them to earn money. He has the perfect set of skills for a con artist, being able to use his great observation and reasoning skills to determine the causes and effects as well as future predictions for any situation. Hong Ji Ah will work with Oh In Bum in order to solve the secret behind her mother’s death 20 years ago (Source: Soompi & MyDramaList). Genres: Drama, Supernatural. Cast: Jang Na Ra, CNBLUE’s Jong Yong Hwa. Release Date: 2021 Production: KBS2.

Watch. Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: *Sighs in yet another ghost-fantasy plotline* When I first saw the potential casting for this drama, I was like ‘Oh okay, we’ll see how it goes’. But after reading the synopsis (another ghost plotline), I’ve gotten tired of the drama (lol even though it hasn’t come out yet), and so this is a strong Skip for me.

Foyin: Definitely Skipping- synopsis not calling my name at all.

Vincenzo Also Known As: binsenjo

Synopsis: At the age of 8, Park Joo-Hyeong went to Italy after he was adopted. He is now an adult and has the name of Vincenzo Casano. He is a lawyer, who works for the Mafia as a consigliere. Because of a war between mafia groups, he flees to South Korea. In South Korea, he gets involved with Lawyer Hong Cha-Young. She is the type of attorney who will do anything to win a case. Vincenzo Casano falls in love with her. He also achieves social justice by his own way. Jang Jun-woo is an intelligent and hardworking first year intern at a law firm. He is from a middle-class family and is polite and sincere. Despite his boyish charms and good looks, Jun-woo is a bit awkward and innocent and often makes mistakes in his job that get him into trouble. Genres:  ComedyRomanceCrimeDrama. Cast: Song Joong Ki, Jung Yeo Bin, 2PM’s Ok Taec Yeon. Release Date: February 20 2021. Production: TvN.

Watch. Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: Can I just say that TvN is going to be releasing a lot of really good dramas next year! This is definitely a Must Watch for me. I have missed Song Joong Ki in Kdrama world after DOTS and Arthdal Chronicles anddd I’m excited to see Tuck in a drama post military service (my 2PM heart is beating loudly lol).

Foyin: Let’s see how it goes

Oh! Master

Synopsis: “Oh! Master” is a romantic comedy about a screenwriter for dramas and an actress that specializes in romantic comedy. While the writer chooses not to date, the actress cannot seem to date. The story unravels as they find themselves living in the same space. Genres:  ComedyRomance. Cast: Lee Min Ki, Na Na, Kang Min Hyuk. Release Date: March 3 2021 Production: MBC

Watch. Skip or Let’s See?

Anjola: A very thin line between Must Watch and Let’s see how it goes. Must watch purely because of Lee Min Ki, Kang Min Hyuk and the plot line. I really enjoy watching Kang Min Hyuk act (you may know him from the Heirs, Hospital Playlist & Entertainer) and I’m looking forward to this first project post military service. I loveee romantic comedies and this plot line has already gotten me excited so based on this, i’m changing my initial prognosis to MUST WATCH for me!

Foyin: Let’s see how it goes

Overall: It’s looking like 2021 is going to be another pretty strong year for tvn and i’m here for it!!

Which ones are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

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