Unnie Recap: Interpreting My Absolute Boyfriend’s Ending

This is officially my 1st post about a (semi) recap for a kdrama that recently concluded: My Absolute Boyfriend. Well actually, it’s more of a rant because I was typing away too many thoughts and realized that I was deviating from the main point of another post😅 So I decided to dedicate a separate entry for this altogether. If you’re interested in watching this kdrama, check out my first impressions post to familiarize yourself with the story.

Maybe this is the future we’re looking at given the progress of AI and technology today but I’d still prefer a human being as a lifelong partner. Watching the first few episodes of My Absolute Boyfriend gave me hope that perhaps this kdrama would be different. Boy was I wrong😂

An Absolute Choice

Da Da realized that she was truly in love with Zero Nine despite Wang Joon’s best (and a little questionable) efforts, he only ended up being friends with Da Da. Ironically though, Zero Nine was having a meltdown since developing human emotions is too much for his metal state. He ran out of power holding onto the memories he shared with the people he learned to love. Our lead female was heartbroken but she continued to live her life the best way she can. Da Da’s special effects make-up company grew bigger and she and Wang Joon are good friends.

It’s not that the story itself wasn’t compelling or that the cast was bad, but the character development could have been better and the potential for deeper reflections on having a robot vs. human boyfriend could have been further explored. Da Da was just persistent that she liked Zero Nine but does she really like him or is it just convenient that he was able to give her the time and attention she never got from Wang Joon? I hated the fact that they didn’t prolong her struggle of choosing between Wang Joon and Zero Nine since she shared so much history with the former.

In defense of Zero Nine

I disagree with the notion that being with a robot is having perfect love. It’s imperfect in a sense that issues and conflicts still need to be addressed when you’re in such a relationship. Think about all the backlash and raised eyebrows if other people knew you were dating a robot but even if you got past that, what about the fact that you can’t raise a family or grow old together? I do appreciate the fact that Da Da probably thought of these issues and decided that she would be okay with having no kids or having an unaging husband while she grew older. They had their share of arguments like jealousy, missing out on plans, and even a looming break-up just like any normal relationship.

But…

Zero Nine is a love robot programmed to be the perfect boyfriend to its owner. It’s hard to see that his actions are genuinely sincere towards her because it’s his very essence to be a loyal, caring, and unselfish partner. Even if the show did feature an episode where he told his friend that he wanted to receive love from Da Da (which is not programmed in him), he always has her best interests at heart.

It makes me think that she is sticking with him until the end because getting hurt would be of less impact compared to a human. Zero Nine can’t really hurt Da Da because he is hotwired to be her perfect boyfriend.

An Annoying Female Lead

I’m not the biggest fan of Da Da’s character because even if Wang Joon broke up with her and their relationship ran its course, I was so frustrated that the kdrama only showed Wang Joon’s faults and how he was more exhausted of their secret relationship. They were together for 7 years but she agreed to end it too without putting up much of a fight. She didn’t even show half the amount of effort and persistence she had with Zero Nine to make their relationship work. Yes, she was neglected and put to the side by Wang Joon because of his acting career but he could have called her out on not saying anything and also feeling exhausted of all the secrecy.

A relationship takes 2 to tango and I wish that they showed Da Da’s share of mistakes in their relationship too. Instead she meets a person who fulfilled the very things she wanted in a relationship without giving her past a second thought.

An Absolute Ending?

My Absolute Boyfriend’s ending kind of left it open for interpretation (at least for me). In the last episode, Wang Joon visited Da Da to tell her that he had been cast in a hollywood movie and asked her to go with him as his make-up artist. She declined (of course, you foolish girl!) his offer and I thought that this was really the end… but a green umbrella was shown inside his car as he was ready to leave her home. The final scene showed Da Da running into someone holding a green umbrella and wearing a brown coat as she smiles at the person. I mean, WHAT?!

Logic tells me that it’s Zero Nine, who magically came back to power and reliving their iconic under the rain scene in the earlier episodes. Except that I can’t imagine Zero Nine wearing such an attire and why even show Wang Joon having the same umbrella? I know it’s a pre-produced kdrama so there was no chance they could change the ending last minute but if I had to pick, the person standing before her is Wang Joon.

I know it makes little sense after building up the robot and girl but maybe it’s a message of hope that after losing a great love, you can find another one. Wang Joon remains vocal about his feelings for Da Da until the last episode so it’s not a far stretch for him to still try and make things work for them. Zero Nine did ask Wang Joon to take care of Da Da in his absence so this could be the manifestation of his last wish.

Wang Joon + Da Da Forever❤️

Wang Joon’s character was flawed and he showed it evidently when he publicly announced that he loved Da Da without her consent and tried to dissuade her from Zero Nine without trying to understand the situation from her perspective. But let’s be real, wouldn’t you flip out too if the person you love was dating a robot? But he showed his true colors with an honest heart and even helped her fix Zero Nine when he was malfunctioning. His love, like Zero Nine’s, became selfless and geared towards Da Da’s happiness. He reflected and learned to be a better person — an organic growth stemmed from making human mistakes.

If I could give an alternate ending/epilogue to My Absolute Boyfriend, it would be flash forward to a few years after Wang Joon has returned to Korea after becoming a top star overseas. He’ll go to the beach where he and Da Da took a trip to before. Coincidentally, Da Da will be there too. They’ll smile in recognition and walk towards each other as the scene zooms out to reveal an absolute, perfect sunset🌅

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23 thoughts on “Unnie Recap: Interpreting My Absolute Boyfriend’s Ending

  1. I assumed it was Wang Joon because she just smiled without surprise…but if your dead robot lover came back unexpectedly wouldn’t you be more dramatic? It really wasn’t a strong or clear ending..is this how the Japanese version ended?

  2. I was surprised they left it open ended but maybe they wanted to be different compared to the other adaptations😅 Didn’t watch the Japanese one but I read that it ended with the main girl cherishing the memories she has with the robot (since he had a meltdown too).

  3. I couldn’t continue watching after episode 32. I loved Ma Wang Joon as the flawed kind of dense ex. The logic was too off the wall for me in this one, even by magical fictional standards. I really appreciate your description here. I like your ending better. I can’t believe I won’t be watching the end of a k-drama but I knew it was headed this way. I didn’t want to see her with the robot. Hoping for a better project for Hong Jong Hyun next.

  4. There were numerous times that I wanted to stop watching but I was still hoping for a different ending! I’d understand if Da Da felt confused on her love for Zero Nine and Wang Joon but nope, she easily chose Zero Nine over him. Waste of villain potential for Diana as well and what Zero Ten could have been!😒 Hoping that for his next project, Hong Jong Hyun will be the leading man😎

  5. Great review!
    Here are some points to consider about the show:

    My absolute boyfriend is the Korean version of a manga series with the same name. There were two more adaptations before it: a Japanese and a Taiwanese.

    In the original manga story and in both tv adaptations before this one, the characters have different names and jobs, but, in the end, Zero nine really dies, and Da Da stays with her human boyfriend.

    This must tell us who was holding the green umbrella in the end… BUT, since the producers decided to give an opening ending for the Korean show (with made it so much better), we can also imagine that zero nine has came back, since his finger has moved after Da Da’s kiss. (I truly prefer this possibility)

    So, it was an ending made for the fans, so we can choose who we want to be the one holding the umbrella, although we already know who it truly is, considering the true ending.

    Sorry for the mistakes in English.
    Cheers from Brazil.

  6. Thanks for the feedback 🙂 Based from what I read about the adaptations and also this kdrama, Da Da in the end remains in love with the robot. It’s bittersweet if she stays with her human boyfriend knowing this fact but I suppose we can imagine that on some level, she also still cares for Wang Joon romantically. This was the 1st love triangle that I couldn’t predict who she’ll end up with because until the end, Wang Joon was showcased as a strong contender 🙂

  7. I thought that as Zero 9 held the stickers and moved symbolized the memories he had left In the end.
    I think the snow symbolized a year gone back, and wang joon returned deform making his movie in the Us.
    Umbrella symbolizes lessons of love he learned from Zero 9.

  8. That’s a very nice interpretation, I never thought of it that way!😊 I think Wang Joon learned a lot from Zero Nine and his break-up with Da Da, he’s one of my strongest 2nd lead syndrome characters to date🥰

  9. my opinion is, after Wang Joon goes to Da Da house, there is mint umbrella in Wang Joon car, so I assumed it’s Wang Joon in the end…but..yeah…this is just my opinion

  10. I feel like it was supposed to be Zero Nine showing up, because she looked to not have expected who showed up to be there. She just looked up tenderly and surprised but she also looked a little wary probably from happiness 🤷🏻‍♀️. Wang Joon on the other hand the way they showed them together like to purposely say that they still aren’t perusing a relationship together and for him to even be told to move on made it definitely seem that there was nothing left for them. Also what other purpose would they have for making Zero Nines finger move..

  11. I disagree completely with your point of view, yet respectfully. First of all your entire rant seems biased because it is clear you have a preference for human ex Wang joon. I really liked the drama, yeah it had A LOT of faults but in the end I understood where they wanted to go with it. Love isn’t perfect not even if a perfect robot is created for it. Literally, Yeong Goo in the end was found to be so IMPERFECT in his own “perfection” this is something he learned the hard way, but with the hardships he faced with Eom Da Da despite everything was supposed to be perfect it is something that the audience learned as well. I understand the preference with Wang Joon because I like him more too, but at the end of the day Wang Joon was just an arrogant, entitled asshole who was tired of Da Da which he admitted in a conversation with his manager after the break up, and it just seems like he had complete disinterest in treating Da Da how she deserved and she was just serving him like he thought everyone was supposed too just because he’s famous actor Wang Joon. Honestly Wang Joon’s infatuation with Da Da didnt seem like true selfless unwavering love, it seemed more to me like someone took his favorite toy that he was tired of playing with away, and when he saw someone else with it, he decided he wanted it back. I loved Da Da, her strong unwavering character and giving herself her place as a woman who gave it all and was treated like crap. I mean calling her a stalker in front of everyone and letting her go to the police department just so their “secret relationship” wouldnt be discovered by anyone ????? Talk about HARSH!!! That’s awful even if he was threatened to not expose their relationship I mean damn even I wouldnt have wanted anything to do with him after that. At the end of the day I dont know about you guys but seeing a female lead stand her ground and most importantly know what she deserves and not settle for less THATS REFRESHING. Tired of the same old dramas with toxic one sided relationships that call it love when in reality someone is being treated poorly. Mind you Da Da wasnt too keen of Yeong Goo in the beginning either she was very mean to him and still very much in love with Wang Joon but Yeong Goo EARNED her love and gave his all to win her over, even if he was a robot made for that, that’s why Da Da deserved since the very beginning. So yeah I see so much negativity surrounding the drama and so many people missing the main point of self love with Eom Da Da, and pure real selfless love with Yeong Goo. Even he knew his place and demanded love from Da Da back. Love is giving and receiving, not just giving. I saw one post talk about “how disgusting it is to imagine a relationship with metal and kissing metal” 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ as if we arent stuck to our phones 24/7 and talking 24/7 what’s the difference lol? At least the robot is realistic and human like. That’s my opinion, I respect everyone else’s also. But after finishing it and seeing so much negativity I decided I needed to rant too. Lol. Have a good one everybody!!

  12. Also with Wang Joon we learned how to cherish things and not take them for granted. One day youre on top and have everything you want and need, the next you lose something you thought wasnt important and your entire perception is changed. Let’s not forget he got THREATENED AFTER telling Da Da he was tired of their secret relationship not before, key points !!

  13. I mentioned in my post that I too agreed that being with a robot is imperfect 🙂 Yes, I am biased with Wang Joon but I honestly felt that he learned from his mistakes. Not everyone can imagine being with a robot romantically (even me) and for Da Da to consider all the consequences/possibilities, her choosing to love him unconditionally will always be something I admire about her. I don’t understand it but if that’s how she feels, then by all means 🙂 I also stand by what I wrote and hope that in some alternate universe, Da Da and Wang Joon ended up together.

  14. Finally! I read a post agreeing with my sentiments. I have watched other robot-themed kdrama but for me, Absolute Boyfriend did not hit the spot. I agree with your insight on Da Da’s mistakes not being pointed out because she had her fair share in the relationship. It’s like she threw seven years worth of memories for someone who can’t be with her all through out. I don’t have anything against loving a robot stories but realistically speaking, it just can’t happen. I like how Wang Joon still showed his love for Da Da but maybe a little bit push on his story line would make them realize that Wang Joon is the perfect guy for Da Da.

    If i were to suggest on the story, It would have been better (for me) if Wang Joon and Da Da ended up together having Zero Nine teach them what love is. He was made to show love and he could have taught them what love should be. It may not be the perfect kind of love but a love that is pure and trusting.

  15. Thank you for this! 🙂 I did want that kind of ending too, where through Zero Nine, Da Da and Wang Joon ends up back together. Zero Nine would also learn how to love not only romantically, but also a general kind of love for humankind 🙂 I know that he’s already a kind robot but it’d be nice for him to learn and get through heartaches and find a reason to live other than having a girlfriend.

  16. Oh , please , stop making up excuses for her good for nothing ex boyfriend,people. have some back bone ..and what’s wrong with loving a machine , we are machines ourselves- carbon based organic ones , just because the idea of ‘synthetic’ Artificial intelligence is alien to you does not mean it is less real than you or me ..why humans think they are somehow better or special ,or maybe you are just obsessed with reproduction ?? having babies ? like it’s the end of the world when you don’t squeeze one out or something?? haha sorry.seriously don’t get it, had my fair share of disappointment with my fellow human beings, cunning, double faced , cheating etc. call me anytime when they come up with AI companions , sick and tired of organic ones prone to betrayal and back stabbing ,thanks a lot. AI is based on active learning , it basically works like our brains in infancy ,there’s not much difference and all involves chemistry , all creation …

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