When a fellow anime lover suggested I watch some K-drama, I was reluctant. Simply because I’m not fond of subtitles. I usually don’t even watch an anime until it’s dubbed in English. However, once I watched the first episode and got locked into the storyline, the subtitles didn’t bother me in the slightest.
I started with the show “Boys Over Flowers”. It is a live action remake of an anime/manga series, which in all honesty, is what drew me to the title. Even though it held a 5 star rating on Netflix, I didn’t expect it to loop me in like it did.
High school student, Geum Jan Di gets an offer to attend an exclusive academy—Shinhwa High after she saves a student from committing suicide. During her first day of school, she runs into F4—a group of super cute, privileged, arrogant boys. Goo Joon Pyo, the leader of the F4 pack pretty much runs the school. His best friends, who are also members of the notorious group, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung and Song Woo Bin, are basically the academy’s princes. They are all feared by their students and even the teachers.
Jan Di has a run-in Joon Pyo, where she berates him with a few choice words and a roundhouse kick to the face for his bold rudeness. After that, she finds out firsthand what happens when you cross F4; she becomes the victim of school bullying. But in an interesting turn of events, Joon Pyo falls for Jan Di. However, she only has eyes for Ji Hoo, Joon Pyo’s best friend.
And the love triangle begins.
I enjoyed every part of this series. In the beginning, I was rooting for Ji Hoo, then later, I found myself rooting for Joon Pyo, which is amusing ‘cause I couldn’t stand him at first.
I finished this series (25 episodes) in 5 days. My only gripe is I feel like Song Woo Bin was left out in the rain when it came to character development. We were shown the backstory of all the main characters. Yet, he was the only one who wasn’t expanded on when it came to the storyline.
Nevertheless, I was thoroughly entertained. I agree with the 5 stars on Netflix because the series was well worth my time.