What happens when a robot develops human emotions? Are we heading to a society where robots can actually become our companions who display real feelings? My Absolute Boyfriend tickles our fancies with this idea as it tells the tale of a male robot and a human female falling in love with each other and what can ensue between this kind of connection.
I’m not too keen on another robot/AI kdrama because the last one I saw (Are You Human Too?) had an unsatisfying ending for me and I’m beginning to worry about this one too. Nevertheless, My Absolute Boyfriend’s first 4 episode’s romcom vibes and gorgeous visuals are just impossible to resist 😍 And I’m not just talking about the actor Yeo Jin Goo’s oozing aura here!
1. Girl gets dumped by boy.
Eom Da Da (Portrayed by Bang Min Ah) is a special effects make-up artist who happens to be in a relationship with a famous actor, Ma Wang Joon. They’ve been in a secret relationship for 7 years and the first scene they had together fake fighting about Da Da getting rid of his make-up, I had a hunch that something was up and I was right.
Their brief playful interaction was really sweet though but Wang Joon joked about breaking up and it turned out to be his true sentiments. Like he claims, he has changed over time. I believe that he still cares for Da Da very much but the pressure of being a rising star and the fact that they can’t declare their love has taken a toll on him.
2. Girl meets Zero Nine (Robot).
Da Da is devastated and there was even a scene where she hid in Wang Joon’s house’s bathroom because she wanted to surprise him one night. She didn’t anticipate that he would be having guests over and when she got busted, Wang Joon said that she was his stalker. It was a heartbreaking scene and it was such a bad blow to Da Da. Separating her from a love life perspective, I love her character here — she’s smart, creative, passionate, and a loyal person (Not only to Wang Joon I believe). But I like that she’s not all that put together, meaning she’s still trying to find confidence and maybe a little more self love in the process.
When she meets Zero Nine (Yeo Jin Goo), it was an accidental activation of his system as she happened to kissed him on the lips (1st picture above is reference) when he toppled over her.
3. Zero Nine becomes (rather insists) to be girl’s boyfriend.
The titular boyfriend stars Yeo Jin Goo, he is initally called Zero Nine (His serial number) and eventually named as Young Goo (by Da Da), is a romantic partner robot designed for dating. In order to save him from going to an abusive owner, his guardian stowed him away but instead got delivered to Da Da’s house by mistake. Women fawn over him and find him very attractive so for Da Da not to have this “natural” reaction is proof that humans indeed have unique & different interests and that programmed things can still encounter errors.
Last week’s premiere gave us a glimpse of how Da Da will influence Young Goo’s robotic senses and develop human emotions. It’s not yet explained how advanced the technology is and if the humanistic tendencies is a natural evolution for Young Goo but I am intrigued on how this kdrama will address the issue.
I don’t know what kind of relationship, realistically speaking, a human and robot can have so even if the chemistry between Da Da and Zero Nine is nice, I’m still a bit skeptical of the end result. Even if Young Goo’s purpose is to be a boyfriend to someone, anticipate more than just romantic sparks to fly between our main characters. If a machine can learn to have human emotions, what more can humans produce if not the same or a higher level of knowledge and understanding? 😉