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Unnie Recommends: 5 Times Love Alarm will buzz our kdrama hearts

In a world where information is readily available and technological advancements are constantly evolving, our lives have become in sync with an open and fast-paced lifestyle. What if even our most complex emotions, love, can also be determined and shown at the tips of our fingers?

Love Alarm is a korean drama based on a webtoon by Chon Kye Young revolving around a high school student named Kim Jo Jo (Played by Kim So Hyun), who gets a wake-up call when she downloads the app and explores her first steps in falling and love and going through adulthood. The show is produced by Netflix and following its predecessor (My First First Love), the show’s 1st season (8 episodes) have been released already.

Current Impression

1. It has a unique plot involving an app that can show if someone likes you📱

Love Alarm is an app that lets users know if someone likes you within a 10 meter radius. There are certain rules for this to work: For example, one’s Love Alarm has to be turned on so that when you have a crush on them, their app will ring informing them of how many people like them. It cannot show who likes you specifically so if there’s more than 1 person who likes you but there are 3 or more people in the radius, you just need to take an intelligent guess on who likes you, haha!

Jo Jo and Sun Oh’s 1st meeting

Our leading lady, Jo Jo, is attracted to the new transfer student, Hwang Sun Oh, who has also taken an interest with her. Sun Oh is best friends with Lee Hye Young, who also studies in the same school and is the 1st one to have a crush on Jo Jo as they work in the same Korean Bbq restaurant. When she downloads the app, she discovers her feelings for Sun Oh and that both men are also in love with her.

Jo Jo and Hye Young
2. A love triangle that will have you side with either of the guys!

*Spoilers ahead*

I’ll be honest… the majority of the episodes focused on Jo Jo and Sun Oh’s romance that it made me root for them completely. How can I feel a shred of conflict when she and Hye Young had almost zero interaction and he was basically stuck in a one-sided crush? Korean dramas have a tendency to make it obvious who the leading man/woman will end up with despite a love triangle angle. If you’re wishing for a fighting chance for the 2nd lead, tune in and don’t tap out until the last episode💕

There are 2 timelines in the 1st season: One is when they were in high school and another is 4 years later down the road. High school was all about Jo Jo and Sun Oh’s blooming romance while the more grown-up versions of themselves will find Hye Yeong and Jo Jo becoming friends. Sun Oh and Jo Jo started out with an attraction based, shallow, kind of vibe — but it naturally developed into a meaningful relationship because he accepted her problems and truly wanted to be with her despite it.

I didn’t think Hye Young could top Sun Oh’s efforts but the show did a good job in making me root for him too. Hye Young was shy and reserved back in high school, but he became more outspoken and didn’t hold his feelings back for Jo Jo anymore when they met again by chance. Jo Jo was honest to tell him that she might not be able to open her heart anymore but instead of getting dissuaded, he expressed that he’ll be okay with taking a chance on her. He also comforted her when she needed a friend so when she agreed to have Hye Young ring her love alarm, that small leap of faith made my love triangle heart throb🥺

3. It deals with real life issues such as the negative effects of social media and the consequences of depression.

This show surprised me a lot with as it tackled the impact that such an app, or any other social media platform, can have on our mental health. Our life is so exposed because we post and display so much of ourselves — from our mundane thoughts to our worst fears and feelings, we sometimes forget that this kind of validation shouldn’t define our self worth.

Suicide and stalking are some of the severe concerns that grew rampant over the course of this korean drama. The presence of an anti-love alarm group was even established to show that something created out of good intentions can malfunction into an ugly product.

4. Relate or hate the leading lady, but aren’t we all just trying to find our own path in the world?

I didn’t expect this show to deliver so much drama — the baggage of Jo Jo regarding her current financial and living situation showed through her character portrayal. I have always admired Kim So Hyun and this kdrama exemplifies her talent as an actress even further. Physically, she rarely gives out smiles and her lips are almost always curved downward like a pout. She was socially alienated by her peers and keeps her problems to herself. Jo Jo is a fighter though, but I’m hoping that she doesn’t close herself off being with other people to enjoy her life.

I thought Love Alarm would be a cutesy romcom but it actually deals with relevant problems such as self love, bullying, and addiction to the digital world.

5. Look forward to Love Alarm 2.0 and season 2!

No news yet on when season 2 will launch but I’m hoping it’s within 2019 or my crazy alarm will go off from waiting too long🤣 Before the show’s cliffhanger, a little bit of information was shown in the last episode for the titular kdrama’s newest update.

The app will be able to predict how your feelings will develop and whether or not one will be able to ring one’s love alarm or not. It’s farfetched to think that a program can relay such subjective information but I’m excited to see how accurate it will be given that a person’s feelings can change. I’m curious to how different scenarios will play out such as if the app can detect a person loving 2 people at the same time (because it can happen) or if a person chooses not to follow love alarm’s findings.

Love Alarm poses the question on whether or not we should rely on electronics to convey our emotions and ultimately influence our actions. Before we ring someone else’s heart, we ought to learn to love ourselves first and fight for a life that we want. No program in the world can tell us otherwise❤️

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 11 & 12)

With tensions high from Hae Ryung’s deed, she gets help from an unexpected source to deal with the consequences. Who would’ve thought that once an arch enemy can become a close ally? Perhaps even closer…❣️

Episode 11

Hae Ryung thanks Prince Lee Rim for giving her time and space to be alone. He feigns ignorance that he was just reading anyway and just like a kid who makes jokes to his girl crush, he teases her that she can cry in his room anytime because she looked ugly in doing so.

Her troubles are far from over as she finds out that the assistant clerks asked for time off as a sign of protest due to the petition she submitted. Officer Min forbids anyone from helping Hae Ryung finish the tasks of the assistant clerks since it’s her fault that all of this happened. As she works late into the night alone, she falls asleep from the many tasks that she had to do and still need to complete.

The next morning, Hae Ryung wakes up and upon checking, she wonders how she could have finished all the tasks. Her friends went to check on her and notice that a Chinese character (“Sparrow”) is written on her face and she quickly washes it off. A shadow figure was shown just when she fell asleep and of course it was Prince Lee Rim who came to her rescue. He is exhausted from having done the work for her and is anxious to see her again the next day. He decides to see for himself where she is by going to the Office of Royal Decrees. He is mistaken to be a clerk sent from the Royal Secretariat to help out with the many tasks left by the assistant clerks’ absence.

Prince Lee Rim is excited about getting to spend time with Hae Ryung and also experience what it’s like working. He says that it could be used for research purposes and has a positive disposition about his predicament. They are sent to work outside the palace and it is painstakingly obvious that the Prince has no filter in dealing with people in the marketplace. Hae Ryung has to put out the fires he keeps innocently causing, hee, but it’s nice that they didn’t prolong the awkwardness of her finding out that he is of royalty. Instead, they are progressing with their friendship quite well.

At night, men ordered by the Second State Councilor went to Mo Hwa’s residence. Jae Kyung, who taken on the Third Inspector position, was able to dissuade them from checking inside. It’s not a friendly sight for Mo Hwa however as she threatens to kill him the next time she sees him.

Episode 12

Hae Ryung and Prince Lee Rim notice too late that it is actually curfew already but they are still walking around outside. To avoid getting punished by police constables, they fake being lovers and pretend that they are engaged in a make-out session, hahaha! The Prince looked stunned, like he just got hugged from a woman for the first time (I think this is the case) but I’m sure it didn’t help that it was his crush who got intimate with him😏

Since it’s too dangerous for him to go back to the palace, Hae Ryung takes him to sleep at her place for the night. Jae Kyung reminisces about his past with Mo Hwa. He is in deep regret with tears in his eyes as he continues to drink his thoughts away. The maid sees the Prince and gets excited seeing such a handsome man with Hae Ryung, she makes up an excuse so that she and the Prince have to sleep in one room. So sneaky, I love her! And I bet so does Prince Lee Rim, hehehe😈

Both of them can’t sleep well but the Prince ultimately decides to sleep outside so she can be at ease. Before he leaves the room, he calls her a sparrow and she realizes that he was the one who helped her out the other night. She smiles and blushes from their close encounter awhile ago, mirroring the Prince’s happiness of their memories too.

To appease the assistant clerks, Officer Min and Hae Ryung treat them to food and drinks at a kisaeng parlor. They play hardball at first, criticizing that the food is not enough but that they’ll make do with the spread anyway. Them demanding Hae Ryung to get on her knees and apologize was their mistake though as it prompted Officer Min to defend her. He slams a book down on the table saying that it contains a record of the illegal activities of the assistant clerks.

They finally shut up and agree to go back to work with the evidence being burned. Hae Ryung is surprised that Officer Min knew how to bluff as the alleged book had nothing written on it. He explains that he does know about their illegal activities in his head and that she did nothing wrong. I’m not sure if this is a potential set-up for a love triangle between them but they’d make a great pair too, just saying!

Hae Ryung visits Prince Lee Rim and thanks him for all his help. He indirectly tells her that he is forbidden to write anything anymore and jests that she must be happy, since she isn’t a fan of his novels. She expresses her sadness over this saying that she now understands that he lost something important with his craft. She asks the Prince to write something for her instead.

Being the hopeless romantic that he is, he writes a few lines that he says he copied from a poem but we all know he thought of it himself. He is reluctant to give it to her as it is a confession of his feelings for her. As Hae Ryung and Prince Lee Rim fight to get the paper, the King suddenly barges in on them.

Thoughts

I know I said that I wanted Prince Lee Rim to grow up but his innocence in this episode, especially when he was tagging along with Hae Ryung without complaint and just eager to explore, is a side that I hope he doesn’t grow out of. Having a bright and curious attitude can be infectious and I think it helped Hae Ryung get through the mountain of work that she had to finish.

Episodes 11 & 12 were more about building the romance and I honestly don’t mind😊 I feel like the show is doing a good job of balancing the progress of the story and the relationships of the characters. I can’t say for sure though if Hae Ryung is growing at this point because it could just be her personality that she knows how to be accountable for her actions (Ex. Taking the work of the clerks). I know that her intentions were pure but like the others pointed out, the issue of the stipend corruption is much bigger than her. She should have considered the ramifications that such an action can affect other innocent people as well. I still love her character though and hope for better experiences to go her way🎉

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 7 & 8)

History has been made and the 1st female historians survived their 1st hazing ritual. But with a brewing rebellion and an apparent conflict between people, Hae Ryung and the girls will soon learn that life inside the palace is not as glamorous or prestigious as it seems.

Episode 7

As Hae Ryung and Prince Lee Rim size each other up, she suddenly asks his identity and what he’s doing in the palace. Eunuch Sam Bo caught them together and pretended that the prince was someone else saying that he was sleeping. He warned the Prince to not reveal his identity to her because she could blab to everyone about him similar to the book reading event.

Officer Yang has a nasty hangover and is being assured by his fellow historians that Hae Ryung must have it worse and that she has no way of entering the palace because he talked to one of the guards to not let her in. They looked like they had a heart attack when she entered the room, spritely and spunky. That’s our Hae Ryung!😼

A Ran and and In Im thank her for sacrificing herself last night to avoid drinking. Sa Hui does not feel the same way as she tells Hae Ryung privately that she doesn’t need her help. She said it in an impartial manner so I’m not yet truly convinced that she’s a villain here, if that is what the kdrama is hinting at. Being the open-minded and independent person Hae Ryung is, she agreed and shrugged it off.

The 4 girls are taken to see the Queen for a brief chat. They are at first uncomfortable but ease up when the Queen herself encourages and reassures them of their role in the palace. They are invigorated by their meeting but soon find themselves in dangerous territory when the court ladies corner them and conduct their own form of a hazing ritual. The male officers caught wind of this and immediately go to the girls’ aid. The 4 girls are on the ground and are forced to listen to the Head Court Lady instruct them to lie low and simply obey orders. She threatens Hae Ryung for running her mouth and was going to sear her face when the boys surround them and Officer Min intervenes.

Officer Yang scolds the girls that they should know the rules inside the palace and that a historian must finish their tasks no matter who calls for them. A Ran speaks up and argues that they don’t know anything because they weren’t taught anything in the first place. Treated like clerks, it’s no wonder that the court ladies also treat them with no respect. A Ran further cried that they were told that they were the King’s women and that they ought to forget everything they see and hear in the palace. After the incident, Officer Min decided that from now on, he will properly teach the girls. Officer Yang simply agrees despite some of the other male historians’ objections.

Elsewhere, a group of men are seen making the book about The Story of Ho Dam inside a house. Men in horses arrive and chaos erupts. One of them tries to burns the copies as quickly as he can but is slashed by a sword. We then shift to the 2nd State Councilor meeting with Jae Kyung who urges him to accept a Third Inspector government position. He adamantly refuses but the Councilor indirectly threatened him by saying that he knows what Jae Kyung is capable of. He concluded that the Queen must be working with someone on the outside and tasks Jae Kyung in finding that person.

Episode 8

Prince Lee Rim’s court ladies go to see Hae Ryung and she goes back to Nokseodang. As Sam Bo pretends to be the prince behind a screen, Prince Lee Rim fools Hae Ryung into doing a number of chores to get back at her. I know this was supposed to be a funny moment between our 2 leads but after what the girls went through with the court ladies and the historians treatment towards them, I wasn’t able to appreciate the montage of Hae Ryung cleaning and following the Prince’s orders. I know he didn’t mean anything bad and that his character is not abusive but this pattern of action can seriously mess up a person. I’m sure Hae Ryung knows that he really can’t harm her so she purposely drops a broom on his face as her own form of revenge, hee😜

A mysterious figure arrives at the book printing site and tries to save a still alive man by stitching his wounds. Eunuch Sam Bo is delighted to see his wife, Mo Hwa, who apparently made a surprise visit to him. She is revealed to have the tombstone that the Prince first saw in the Royal Villas and most certainly the mysterious figure I mentioned above.

It’s a new day at work and the 4 girls were astonished that they were being taught the organizational chart of the historians. It’s the 1st sign of respect from the guys that shows their willingness to help them learn the ropes of becoming a true historian. They are even included in a royal meeting by Officer Min despite the obvious objections of the elder officials.

The royal meeting is a heated argument between the Crown Prince and the advisors argue about the former temporarily allowing people who were caught in a flood and landslide to not pay military taxes. The latter laments that because those people were hiding in the mountains to avoid paying taxes in the first place, they should be punished instead. The Crown Prince asserts that if it’s the people’s duty to pay taxes, then how come they (the officials) don’t pay their due as well? The King suddenly enters the room and orders his son to leave to deal with the issue himself.

Before the day ends, Officer Yang and our ladies need to examine a couple of dead bodies as part of their job. It appears that they are the same men who were killed in the book site and Hae Ryung grows curious of the one person who survived due to an odd medical practice. Officer Yang vehemently denies her request to see the person and insists on going home already.

Just as the historians were leaving the premises, Prince Lee Rim sneaks inside. He overheard the conversation his brother had with an official earlier and words “Ho Dam” caught his attention. Just before he checks to see the survivor, he sees a guard leave the room where he was in. Prince Lee Rim discovers that the man is now dead and follows the guard, who of course really isn’t one, outside the palace. Hae Ryung and the others are also walking around the streets as she makes up an excuse to go back to the morgue to see the stitch herself. Simultaneously, the Prince is caught by the man following him and threatens him with a blade to his neck. As Hae Ryung makes her way back, she catches a glimpse of the scene and is ready to help but is shocked when she hears him admit to his assailant that he is a Prince.

Thoughts

Is this Divergent where there are different factions inside the palace? What the girls went through in episode 7 was brutal! I thought the male historians were the mean bullies but the court ladies are MUCH much worse!😡 I suppose it’s natural that they’d be cattier to their fellow women because they feel as if a special group has been formed but at the end of the day, they are all still women. Regardless on whether they have different responsibilities inside the palace, they feel like Hae Ryung and the others are no exemption in following the proper conduct as a women. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is a fictional kdrama but I imagined things would have turned out like this if female historians were really allowed back then.

I thought it was Jae Kyung who was helping the Queen but with Mo Hwa’s introduction, it seems more likely that she is the one helping her out. I still believe that he is involved with the conspiracy and that there’s more than 1 person helping the Queen. Perhaps the 2nd state councilor already has a hunch about Jae Kyung’s involvement but he needs to reel in the bigger fish (the Queen). His offhand comment about seeing Jae Kyung in his lowest and knowing his capabilities must mean that he is willing to betray someone close to him just to save himself/his family. Since the 2nd state councilor also knows that Hae Ryung is one of the female historians inside the palace, he’ll surely use that as leverage against him in the future.

I’m loving the fact that the written word is such a threat to the villains here. Blackmail and physical force are the usual forms of attacks in these period kdramas but now, a book is causing a frenzy. I think Prince Lee Rim’s talent for writing will be used as propaganda next time or he’ll write a new book similar to The Story of Ho Dam’s plot. I just think he needs a little more growing up and needs to open his eyes to what is happening inside and outside of the palace for me to take his character more seriously.

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 5 & 6)

How will the Crown Prince choose the female historians and what future lies for those who will pass this test of mind and heart?

Episode 5

The palace is filled with several women as they scurry down to a seat on the ground and prepare for a life changing event. Hae Ryung takes a seat as we are treated to a flashback from the night before. Walking along the busy streets, she sees the poster for the female historian exam. She secretly meets up with her husband-to-be and implores him to break off their engagement. Hae Ryung was successfully able to convince him because as we all know, he indeed did not push through with the wedding.

The question for the test is revealed to be: A solar eclipse is believed to be an occurrence that reprimands Kings for their shortcomings. Solar eclipse rituals are performed to satiate the heavens but this phenomenon still happens. Therefore, how can a King prevent a solar eclipse?🌒 As time passes, we see that some ladies have finished, some are given cheat sheets, while Hae Ryung’s paper remains blank. She seems hesitant to write down her answer but proceeds to do so before time runs out.

Officials and historians browse through the answers and they come across a particular one that they deem brazen and inappropriate. As the Crown Prince enters the room, he quickly filters through the papers and asks Officer Min to recommend him a notable answer. He hands him Hae Ryung’s much to the other officers’ complaints. She explained that solar eclipses occur because it is a natural phenomenon caused by the movement of heavenly bodies. She suggests to create a book to help explain this truth so that people will not be misinformed about it in the future. As the Crown Prince finishes reading her paper, he also concludes that her response was indeed blatant.

A shortlist of women candidates are posted instructing them to meet with the Crown Prince. It seems like he wants to meet them face-to-face but I don’t think that’s a good thing😅 Hae Ryung is summoned inside to meet Prince Lee Jin and he scolds her for giving such a frank answer that could get her killed. The Crown Prince enlightens Hae Ryung by telling her that Joseon is a poor country and that a majority of people cannot even afford to have food on their table or even seek proper medicinal care. Having access to a book that can provide information would be the least of their concerns. He states that the rituals are performed to calm people and let them know that despite the sun seemingly disappearing, things will still turn out okay. Hae Ryung is speechless and distraught after this. But daaaamn, they both got a point!🙊

After that heated discussion, the Crown Prince meets the shortlisted women again as another man announces the names of those who passed. Hae Ryung was surprised that she was called out, among 3 other women (Heo A Ran, Oh In Im, and including Sa Hui). I loved how they all beamed with giddiness and pride as the Crown Prince handed them each a red congratulatory letter.

Normal activities resume in the palace not long afterwards. Prince Lee Rim gets a visit from his brother giving him an identification tag to use whenever he needs it and slyly informs him that he can go to the Royal Villas for some R&R. He gets to go with his eunuch but before they leave for that place, both of them pay a visit to the bookstore owner. Prince Lee Rim asks for the name of the fake Maehwa and the owner blurts out Hae Ryung’s name. With a mischievous look on his face, he contemplates what is probably his next move for revenge against her.

Episode 6

As the Prince arrives in the Royal Villas, he is greeted by a very cute dog and sees an engraved marking on the ground mentioning the name Ho Dam. As he tries to relax inside the hot spring, he again has a nightmare and hears the name Ho Dam. Restless, he tries to dig up the spot where he saw the tombstone earlier but can’t seem to find it at night. Eunuch Sam Bo is worried because he thinks that the Prince is merely hallucinating.

Hae Ryung can’t contain her excitement as she longingly savors her historian uniform and smiles giddily while looking at the mirror. She excitedly goes to work the next day only to have officials scoff at them and her other fellow historians when they converge before the palace gate. The 1st sign of opposition is underway and I can only imagine what other horrors the four women will encounter once they actually start working.

The four women experience first hand the male historians’ displeasure towards them. They are ridiculed, belittled, and treated below their rank as they do chores such as getting water, cleaning the floor, and even running laps since they felt sleepy. The girls complain about being worked like slaves and come to the conclusion that this could be a form of hazing towards them. Sa Hui comes up with a plan and suggests to Officer Min to conduct a hazing ritual for them to get their frustration and pettiness over with. He doesn’t like the idea but Sa Hui uses the argument of gender equality and well, who can argue against that right? The head historian, Officer Yang, thinks the idea is ludicrous if they think that this will get them to accept them but they come up with their own plan too.

As night falls, they all meet at a kisaeng parlor. Being the jerks that they are, the male historians goad them into drinking alcohol from a bowl instead of a cup. Sa Hui obliges by drinking but her discomfort is evident after the 2nd full bowl. Hae Ryung intervenes by drinking the 3rd bowl and tells Officer Yang that as a sign of the male historians affection towards them to drink, she wants to return the favor. It becomes a last (wo) man standing match wherein Hae Ryung and Officer Yang trade drinking bowls of alcohol. I know Hae Ryung can hold her liquor since she drinks with her brother but I didn’t expect she could outlast him, haha!💪🏻 Seeing her succeed was such a great sight as she proves that women can also drink as hard as men and the hazing ritual is done.

The next morning, Hae Ryung is running late and a guard does not allow her to go inside the palace. A different guard tells her that she can go through another entrance and she ends up, coincidentally, at Prince Lee Rim’s quarters at Nokseodang. She hides behind a rock when she heard Eunuch Sam Bo call out the court ladies. A figure behind her taps her shoulder as she dismisses it. The voice speaks: “Are you lost?” And once again, Hae Ryung and Prince Lee Rim meet in the most unexpected circumstances.

Thoughts

At first, I thought it was gender inequality and severely rude that Hae Ryung and the other girls were being treated unfairly. But after giving it some thought, it’s not like if you’re a newly appointed male historian, you don’t get the same crappy treatment too. If I demand for equality in being treated fairly in the workplace, shouldn’t that also extend to being treated badly too? Nobody should be treated poorly but regardless of whether I’m a woman or a man, I am not exempted from experiencing hardships and problems. It is a different matter altogether if physical or sexual abuse is used of course. But as weird as it sounds, true equality shouldn’t just apply to good or the advantageous circumstances in life.

The actor playing Crown Prince Lee Jin is so good…and handsome too, hahaha! I thought it was kind of cruel of him to berate Hae Ryung harshly only to have him pass her but I understand his intentions for doing so. What he said about the ritual being performed to calm people down made sense too, especially being in his position, and it’s like a lightbulb went off in my head when this scene unfolded. I hope Hae Ryung applies the same fervor in listening to other people’s opinions and facts like how she willingly absorbs new information she reads in books👂🏻❤️

Unnie Recommends: My First First Love

Ahhh, young, adolescent, love ❤️ The cool and refreshing wind of innocence filling your days with hope and wonder as the smell of new beginnings and (mis) fortunes wrap your thoughts with a sunshine state of mind. Remember the feeling that everything was ahead of you, you just have to walk the path, but nobody told you that taking a detour or obstacles can get in your way?

Netflix’s pre-produced kdrama, My First First Love (Also known as “Because it’s my First Love”), offers viewers with a walk down memory lane of a time in our lives where our curiosity and senses were heightened to explore and make our mark in the world.

Current Impression

We meet our gang altogether at the end of the 1st episode, eager to meet with the series lead, Yun Tae Oh (Played by Ji Soo), as he is the common friend of the four individuals. Due to their personal circumstances sans Do Hyun (the single guy in the picture below), they end up living at Tae Oh’s house. Currently 23 years old and in college, Tae Oh’s friends’ will soon find themselves entangled with each other.

From left to right, the trio in the image above are:

1. Hoon – He was kicked out of his home because his dad had enough of him trying out for musicals and pursuing singing. He goes to auditions and vows to show his parents that he’ll make something of himself someday.

2. Song Yi – Long haired girl in the middle, is Tae Oh’s best friend from high school who is homeless now because her house was seized and her MIA mom wasn’t able to help her out. She is best friends with Tae Oh and develops a crush on Do Hyun. They go to the same school together where she studies architecture.

3. Ga Rin – Wearing the red hoodie, she is a childhood friend of Tae Oh who ran away from her strict and sheltered lifestyle. She follows Hoon in his auditions hoping to learn something from him.

Rounding up the whole gang is:

4. Do Hyun – Goes to the same college witth Tae Oh and is studying to become a civil servant someday. He meets Song Yi in another way (Not thru Tae Oh) and even if he is uninterested in girls, he finds himself falling for her.

5. Tae Oh – Last but not the least, the cheerful, Mr. Congeniality, and glue of the group — Tae Oh is living the bachelor life (not anymore though😜) at his grandfather’s house. He just wants to bring a girl home but complications get in the way of his plans.

Tae Oh had feelings for Song Yi when they were in highschool but the latter did not feel the same for him. There’s the classic love triangle plot here and I’d like to say that it’s cliché and predictable, and yes, the story seems to be pushing Song Yi and Do Hyun together BUT you never know! To be young (er) and have the first signs of heart fluttering, stolen glances, and eventual confessions of the fragile heart — My First First Love presents the details and care of first love in a light yet heartwarming tone❤️ Still rooting for Tae Oh to end up with the girl (As of this writing, I’m only on episode 5).

A story about firsts, friendship, and growing up, My First First Love is a is a slice of life korean drama that comforts our forever young souls but prepares us for the harsher but still fun stage of adulthood. Netflix has released all 8 episodes already so binge watch this if you can!😁